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Minneapolis Community Education Wins International Award

Minneapolis Community Education Wins International Award

Minneapolis Community Education has won an International Award in lifelong learning for Best Marketing and Best Programming by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), the largest association in lifelong learning in the world.

Larissa Gusman-Johnson accepted the award. The award was only one of twenty given at LERN’s big annual conference in San Diego recently attended by 800 professionals in lifelong learning from five countries.

“The award is for innovation in the field of lifelong learning and serving communities,” noted LERN President William A. Draves. “These awards enhance the quality and involvement in lifelong learning, an absolutely critical component to individual and community quality of life and prosperity in this century”, he noted.

“With more than 100 award nominations every year, gaining an International Award is an outstanding achievement,” Draves said.

In announcing the award, Draves noted:

“For innovative marketing, they created a personal engaging approach to the hottest new social media marketing format, Instagram Reels. They introduced ‘Cathy on the Go’ this summer. And for Best Programming they reached out. But they did not just reach an underserved audience. They recognized the value of the local Native American culture, especially the native people’s and First Nation’s approach to climate change. At the start of the year they offered four class with a total enrollment of 139 participants. By this fall they offered 17 classes and attracted a total enrollment of over 780 participants. Partly by using native artist Melena Myles as teacher and narrator of the culture, the programs included three sold out river cruises.”

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