Column: Learning Center offers opportunities galore for its students

"As you walk through the halls of the Learning Center, you will see students collaborating with teachers and students collaborating with other students."

Dakota Lawrence
Dakota Lawrence
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At the Learning Center, we work to provide credit acceleration, focused instruction and mental health awareness in order to more rapidly address academic, social, and behavioral goals. By modified instruction, targeted interventions and a patient staff culture, we promote a caring environment of high expectations.

Awards were announced during Friday’s annual FORWARD Worthington Extravaganza at Lerma’s Event Center.
“They’re totally new. They’re sophomores, they’ve never competed in BPA.”
The space for early childhood education programming may be the most impressive of all, with its brightly-colored indoor playground.

Since the beginning of the school year, many wonderful opportunities have been provided for our students at the Learning Center!

We have been fortunate to have several college and army representatives speak to our students about post-secondary education and the opportunity to serve our country.

Our sophomores had the opportunity to attend the career fair at Minnesota West Community & Technical College to explore their options after high school. Several students had the opportunity to attend Major Madness at Minnesota West. They spent part of the day looking at different colleges, exploring careers, and hearing from professionals and students about their jobs and experiences.

Southwestern Center for Independent Living has come in to help several students obtain their driver’s licenses.


In health class, a cybersecurity specialist came to talk to the students about how to be safe online.

Our young artists were able to meet and learn from Hector Curriel, a famous visual artist known for his work as a cartoonist, author, and illustrator.

Opponents say the move to keep state institutions from hosting drag performances is a violation of free speech and expression.
A lesser teacher than Tim McConnell would probably have put me in the back row and told me to lip-sync.
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Funds from the Worthington Speedway event went to the Worthington Area Foundation.

Along with the wonderful academic opportunities, our students were able to participate in our fun fall fest celebration. The week was filled with pumpkin carving, scarecrow decorating, door decorations, team building and building a strong cohesive community!

All of our students received the opportunity to visit Memorial Auditorium to view the dress rehearsal for the high school play!

During our instructional time, our staff has done a great job integrating social and emotional learning, allowing students to engage in meaningful discourse. As students are engaging in the daily lesson, teachers are embedding questions that allow students to dig deeper into their content while reinforcing critical thinking skills.

As you walk through the halls of the Learning Center, you will see students collaborating with teachers and students collaborating with other students. You will also see several hands-on activities occurring not only in our high school program, but also our mid-level program.

We are very fortunate to be able to provide academic, social, and behavior support to each and every student that walks through our doors. We look forward to the many opportunities ahead for all of our students!

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