January 2014

2013: A TURNAROUND YEAR FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION

By |January 1st, 2014|

IN RETROSPECT

The ritual of looking back over our shoulder at gains and losses reminds us that the good stuff is rooted in successful small steps. 2013 was that kind of year. Nothing wild and crazy; well…the creative bravado of our summer interns excepted. We improved the product incrementally all year long, and methodically designed and built a brand new feature in high demand — Private Lessons Management. Attracting the attention of prestigious schools and start-up ventures alike, we enrolled a beta set of testers and advisors from the masters themselves—music schools. And debuted to a very generous audience at a national conference on arts education. One step at a time, […]

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November 2012

Adult Education: Doing More with Less – 2012 ACSA Conference

By |November 28th, 2012|

The Adult Education Strand at the annual ACSA Conference took place in San Diego in early November. By chance, it was a mere two days after the 2012 presidential election. Normally, this wouldn’t matter much to state education issues. But this year, one of the propositions on the ballot for Californians to decide was to raise taxes on the wealthy and increase the state sales tax under the guise that those revenues would go directly to schools. I’m not here to argue whether schools will actually get that money or whether our state legislators just waste the funds like they habitually do, but instead pass on some thoughts I heard […]

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July 2012

Continuing Education on the Chopping Block: the long-term ramifications

By |July 2nd, 2012|

If ever there were a time to expand the capacity of adult education programs, it would be now.

Recent employment numbers show a very weak US economy with measly job growth and a stubborn unemployment rate above 8%. Add in the underemployed and the people who have just plain given up looking for a job and we are looking at an actual unemployment rate in the mid-teens if not worse. What we have going on is a change in the employment makeup of the United States from manufacturing and traditional businesses into the service sector, including healthcare and new industries that didn’t exist ten years ago. We need a comprehensive continuing education plan […]

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