Column: Enrichment opportunities through Community Education
By Anne Foley, District 518 WORTHINGTON -- With sunshine and warmer weather finally making its arrival, we have great activities, events, day trips and classes in the Worthington District 518 Community Education summer catalog that was recently m...
By Anne Foley, District 518
WORTHINGTON - With sunshine and warmer weather finally making its arrival, we have great activities, events, day trips and classes in the Worthington District 518 Community Education summer catalog that was recently mailed. We are thankful for the collaboration with the Worthington Area YMCA to bring a “one-stop-shop” catalog filled with helpful information and activities for the coming summer months.
Once again this year, we are planning a day trip to watch the Minnesota Twins baseball team play the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, June 18. By collaborating with Sioux Falls and Luverne Community Education, we have filled one bus and accepting registrations for a second bus to go and cheer on those winning Twins. Get signed up early for this one - tickets are going fast! Our annual trip to the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 28 is always a highlight. Let us take care of the driving and parking - just hop on the bus and have a great time!
Through my participation in the Worthington Chamber Retail Committee, the idea of a local event addressing succession planning was developed. Succession Planning is the process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace seasoned leaders when they retire or move on. In business, it can entail developing internal people with the potential to fill key business leadership positions. It also can be the purchase of the business by another business in town, or purchase by a brand new business owner. Within the next 10 years, 65 percent to 75 percent of small family businesses in the U.S. will go up for sale or have a retirement of the current owner. With this important information, Worthington District 518 Community Education, along with the Worthington Chamber of Commerce, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation, Blandin Foundation and the Southwest Regional Development Commission put together a series of five forums. We just completed our first succession planning series with 20 local participants. We learned valuable information, and the presenters along the way broadened our thinking and planning for the future. Many positive comments have been given about this opportunity, so we will plan on offering similar events in the future.
#Market Smarter 2017 is on the horizon! We have reached higher for professional level speakers and moved the venue to reflect a terrific opportunity for schools, small businesses, non-profits, and others to use for their social media marketing. Through our staff’s participation in #Market Smarter and Social Media Breakfasts during the year, Worthington District 518 Community Education has expanded its social media understanding, developed a plan throughout its five departments and have tried fun, new techniques for District 518 Community Education, Worthington School and other social media pages that we work with. We think many would benefit from this great day to help broaden understanding, challenge usage and inspire growth.
Thank you for your continued support of Worthington District 518 Community Education. We hope to see you soon in one of our 2017 activities or events!