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Adult Education

Bloomington Community Education offers enrichment classes to adults of all ages. Classes are available year-round and can be found in our catalog, which is delivered to Bloomington homes three times per year. Classes are taught by certified and professional instructors as well as members of the community who have a passion for the subject of their class. 

Metro South Adult Basic Eduction offers classes for adults seeking classes in English as a second language, adult diploma, GED, career pathways and college prep.  

Learning Exchange offers learning and community involvement opportunities for adults with disabilities.  

Bloomington Community Education publishes a catalog of enrichment classes three times per year: August, December, and March. In the catalog you will find information regarding all of our programs and classes for early learners, young learners and adult learners. 

Registration for fall 2020 classes opens on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Adult Enrichment Registration

Fall 2020 Catalog

Contact

Michelle Glynn
Adult Enrichment Coordinator
952-681-6108
mglynn@isd271.org

Adult Class Registration Secretary
952-681-6132
adultenrichment@isd271.org

Adult Enrichment

As of the printing of the fall catalog, we do not know what the fall term will look like related to COVID-19.  We encourage you to check our registration site often to check for changes in the class you are signing up for.  Some classes may move their location and some may move to an online platform instead of being held onsite.

All classes held onsite will require social distancing of 6 feet between participants and masks must be worn.  Appropriate sanitization will take place between classes.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 preparedness plan, please contact mglynn@isd271.org.

Bloomington Community Education provides over 250 classes to adults including classes in:

  • Artistic endeavors
  • Business and investment
  • Computers and technology
  • Culinary skills
  • Dance and music
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Health and wellness
  • Hobbies and special interests
  • Home improvement
  • World languages and cultures

The following classes are being offered as an online option.  You can register for classes even if they are already started! Contact Michelle Glynn at mglynn@isd271.org for information.

Class Dates and Times Fee
Lynch Camps Adult Pickleball Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

$79

Register

College Planning Strategies

Thursday, August 13
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

$23

Register

Don't Worry, Happy Retirement

Tuesday,  August 18
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

$23

Register

Should You Update Your Home To Sell It

Tuesday, August 18
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

$23

Register

Stress Management In The Workplace August 3 - August 28 (you can take this online class any time of day)

$145

Register

You can register for classes five ways:  online, by phone, by mail, walk-in, and by fax.

Registration Information 

Fall 2020 Adult Enrichment registration opens on August 12.

Fall 2020 Catalog

Cancellations

  • Cancellations that are customer-initiated must be received within five or more business days in order to qualify for a full refund, minus at $10 processing fee, per person, for each class cancelled. 
  • Cancellations made less than 5 business days prior to the start of the class will not be eligible for a refund.
  • There are no refunds issued after the class has begun.
  • Community Education reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet the minimum enrollment.

Do you have a special skill, talent, or hobby that you would like to share with other Bloomington residents? Have you ever wanted to teach a Community Education class?  Course proposal applications for the fall session are complete.

Course Proposal  

Bloomington Community Education knows that the safety of your child and family is very important.  We have put together a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Health Screening that will be conducted when your child is in any of our enrichment classes or summer camps:

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan     Health Screening

Please note, the plan and screening may change at any time based on updates and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education.

With questions, please contact mglynn@isd271.org.

Metro South Adult Basic Education

Metro South Adult Basic Education provides English as a Second Language, Adult Diploma, GED, College Prep, and Career Pathways to Adult Students.

Metro South Adult Basic Education Website

Learning Exchange: Adults with Disabilities

Learning Exchange provides lifelong learning and community involvement opportunities for adults with disabilities. We offer a variety of customized classes and special events, as well as training and accommodations to include adults with disabilities 18 and older in all Community Education activities in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield. Classes take place at various locations in the four cities.

Learning Exchange is the LE in AR&LE: a consortium of the Adaptive Recreation departments of the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield, with Learning Exchange representing the school districts' community education programs.

Accommodations, interpreters and note takers are available for adults with disabilities who wish to participate in community education classes in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield. Requests must be placed at least 10 business days before class. Call 952-681-6109 Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for more information.

Learning Exchange Video

Learning Exchange is working on multiple options for Fall 2020 programming.

Updates will be posted here.

To receive email updates, email your name and city of residence to:  jclarke@isd271.org.

participant profile is required to participate in AR&LE programs.

Registration

Register by mail
Print and complete the Learning Exchange registration form in the catalog above. Mail with check or credit card information to:

ISD #271/Learning Exchange
2575 West 88th St. #340
Bloomington, MN 55431

Register by phone
Call 952-681-6109
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Be prepared to supply the information requested on the Learning Exchange registration form in the catalog above, along with credit card information. Do not leave registration information or credit card information on the voice mail.

Class Confirmation
If registering by mail or phone:
 Learning Exchange will mail a confirmation of the classes for which you are registered or on the wait list. You will also receive a page of addresses and directions to class sites.

If registering online: The website will inform you if you are on a wait list. The website will email you a confirmation and will email you a receipt. Download the direction sheet from the link above. Please review the policy information below.

Our learners with developmental disabilities need your assistance to get the most out of community education classes structured specifically for them. Classes in cooking, crafts, performing arts, self-development topics and more are held Monday - Thursday evenings during the school year in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield. Occasionally, classes are held on select weekends.

Each class needs between one and six volunteers, depending on the activity. 

As a volunteer, you start with a brief training so you know what to expect and how to comfortably work with learners.

Single-session classes are 1 to 1.5 hours long, and you can sign up at the beginning of each quarter to help with as few or as many as fit your schedule.

Sign Up

  1. Complete the volunteer application.
  2. Return your application:
    1. Email to jclarke@isd271.org 
    2. Mail to
      Learning Exchange
      2575 West 88th St. #340
      Bloomington, MN 55431 
    3. Fax to 952-681-6171. Call 952-681-6121 to let us know if you send a fax.
  3. We will email you a link to online training to complete at your convenience. 

Contact

Janet Clarke
Coordinator
952-681-6121
jclarke@isd271.org

Tuition Assistance

Limited financial assistance may be available to help reduce a Learning Exchange class fee. Fill out and submit this tuition assistance form

Contact

Learning Exchange
2575 W. 88th St., Room 340
Bloomington MN 55431

Note that Learning Exchange classes are not generally held at this address. See AR&LE catalog or class confirmation for class locations.

952-681-6109
952-681-6171 - fax

Judy Stelmazek
Program Secretary
952-681-6109
jstelmazek@isd271.org

Janet Clarke
Coordinator
952-681-6121
jclarke@isd271.org