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Adult Learning With Nashville Community Education
by TJ Anderson
There’s a lot I don’t miss about school. Midterms. Homework. Missing the bus. But I still love learning new skills and picking up new bits of wisdom, and I think most adults agree — we’re cool not having to get to homeroom on time, but wouldn’t mind sitting down for a dose of new knowledge on a regular basis.
If you relate, a Nashville resource you should definitely know about: Nashville Community Education, a program wrangled by the Metro government that’s meant to give us grown folks access to accessible, affordable educational opportunities throughout the year.
Across Nashville, across seasons
Nashville Community Education offers three different sessions over the course of the year, in fall, spring and summer, hosted at locations across the city (including the Cohn School in West Nashville, Wright Middle School in South Nashville, Amqui Station in Madison, and Inglewood Elementary in East Nashville.
In every session, you’ll find the widest of wide mixes: classes in the arts, business, fitness, language, cooking — even just life skills, like meal planning and first aid.
Nashville Community Education classes certainly aren’t the only adult-education opportunities in Nashville — USN Evening Classes are great, as are the learning events regularly held at a mix of Nashville Public Library locations. Focused organizations like The Porch (creative writing) and Nashville Community Darkroom (photography) host sessions in their respective specialties, too.
But things I particularly love about this program: the affordability for anyone and everyone (many classes are free, and most run $50 to $100 for the whole session), and the convenience for working folks (most are held during post-work hours, once or twice a week).
Local experts share expertise
In a way, Nashville Community Education classes are examples of neighbors investing in each other, too. Local experts and talents from across the spectrum of expertise and ability — foreign language speakers, ceramic artists, software pros — commit to teaching these courses, passing their hard-won skills on to other Nashvillians, so we grow together.
It’s a small earning opportunity — our community teachers do get a bit of a stipend — but more, it’s locals with talents and know-how volunteering to pass that stuff on to their community.
Call me corny, but I think it’s kind of a perfect encapsulation of Nashville’s neighborly, Volunteer State spirit. (If you’re interested in teaching, head here.)
Enrolling in the Summer 2018 session
As I’m posting this, it’s almost time for the Summer 2018 Nashville Community Education session to kick off, and registration is open now.
Among the offerings that catch my attention, for obvious reasons: a free “The Next Steps in Home Ownership” class in East Nashville, a $10 “Buyer’s Path to Purchasing a Home” class and a “Basic Home Repair” course held at the Cohn woodshop. There’s a Picture Framing class that I think would be really fun for new Nashville homeowners, too.
These sit in a mix that also includes “Traditional Indian Cooking,” “Intermediate Fencing,” “Oil Painting,” “Old Time Fiddle” and much, much more.
Take a look at the full Nashville Community Education Summer 2018 Class Catalog here, and learn more about the program at nashville.gov. Enrollment is open all session (though if you’re really drawn in by a certain class, better to get in there early, since some do book up quickly and others can get cancelled if not enough students sign up).
If you do end up signing up for a homebuying class, and you’re ready to put that education to use, reach out — we’d love to help you become a Nashville homeowner. Just call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and we'll get started.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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