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About Community Education

Community Education has been a part of the public education arena for many years. The State of Missouri has boasted such initiatives since the early 1970s. Indeed, some aspects of Community Education have existed in Missouri since it became a state. People of Missouri have always been responsive to the needs of the community. However, it has been within the last decade that the true meaning and benefits of the concept have been realized.


The mission of Community Education is to provide opportunities for people in a community to improve their quality of life without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religious preference, disability, or handicapped condition. Community Education emphasizes increased involvement of parents, businesses, and community members with the local public school system and lifelong learning.

Continuing Education

Community Education Programs can address the types of services, programs or activities that meet the interests, needs, and wants of the traditional and non-traditional learner. Community Education is a flexible and adaptive approach to serving educational needs and providing needed services and programs for community members. Credit and non-credit programs meet the need for both student and industry. Activities can include educational, career educational, recreational, cultural, enrichment and/or other services for all community members. Collaborative educational offerings ensure all community needs can be met.

Intergenerational Activities

Intergenerational activities are a great way to use the expertise and support of senior citizens for the benefit of public education. Seniors have knowledge and are willing to serve public education to meet the needs of students, educators and the community.

Parent Involvement

Parents need to be involved in the K-12 education of their children. Together, parents and teachers can positively influence young people in attitude, behavior and academic achievement while improving schools. Community Education can provide many activities to bring parents into the school.

School/Business Partnership

Partnerships between schools and businesses, civic organizations, and community organizations collaborate for many different goals for public education and the community. Partnerships enrich education, open students' eyes to unlimited possibilities, and keep businesses and organizations in touch with young people.

Volunteerism

Schools benefit by the involvement of parents, community members, businesses, organizations, senior citizens, students or other individuals who give their time and expertise to support public education or services provided by public education in grades K-12.  These volunteers are a great resource for schools in assisting them to meet the academic and attendance standards they have set.

Continuing Education

Community Education Programs can address the types of services, programs or activities that meet the interests, needs, and wants of the traditional and non-traditional learner. Community Education is a flexible and adaptive approach to serving educational needs and providing needed services and programs for community members. Credit and non-credit programs meet the need for both student and industry. Activities can include educational, career educational, recreational, cultural, enrichment and/or other services for all community members. Collaborative educational offerings ensure all community needs can be met.

Intergenerational Activities

Intergenerational activities are a great way to use the expertise and support of senior citizens for the benefit of public education. Seniors have knowledge and are willing to serve public education to meet the needs of students, educators and the community.

Parental Involvement

Parents need to be involved in the K-12 education of their children. Together, parents and teachers can positively influence young people in attitude, behavior and academic achievement while improving schools. Community Education can provide many activities to bring parents into the school.

School/Business Partnership

Partnerships between schools and businesses, civic organizations, and community organizations collaborate for many different goals for public education and the community. Partnerships enrich education, open students' eyes to unlimited possibilities, and keep businesses and organizations in touch with young people.

Volunteerism

Schools benefit by the involvement of parents, community members, businesses, organizations, senior citizens, students or other individuals who give their time and expertise to support public education or services provided by public education in grades K-12.  These volunteers are a great resource for schools in assisting them to meet the academic and attendance standards they have set.