Lemhi County is home to people with an incredible variety of skills worth learning, which is precisely why the Lemhi Education Project (LEP) has decided to start a Community Education Program.
Starting in January 2014, the LEP will begin coordinated advertising for non-credit courses taught by participating individuals and groups. Instructors will set their own schedule, design, organize, and run their own courses, set their own prices, and get to keep the profits. In exchange for the advertising fee charged to instructors for each class, the LEP will provide advertising in the paper and on the radio, as well as through social media and email. For an additional fee, instructors will also be given access to resource lists, information that helps build classes, and discounts on select spaces that charge rental rates for classrooms.
The purpose behind the community education program is to encourage area residents to share their skills and knowledge, and at the same time, provide some useful entertainment for people interested in learning something new. Courses will be as varied as instructor interest and student demand. Suggested courses have included personal finance, partner dancing, computer literacy, exercise, mixology, knitting, and conversational Spanish, but will depend entirely on what instructors want to offer.
The LEP hopes that groups and individuals who already offer classes will also benefit from advertising through the program. The long term goal is that LEP’s community education program will be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for locally available classes, which will make it easier for instructors and students to find each other.
The Lemhi Education Project’s primary focus is to promote and support career-focused, post-secondary degree and certificate programs, but the community education program fits within another LEP goal— advocating for education in Lemhi County. The group hopes that the community education program will be a fun and easy way for people to experience the value and benefits of life-long learning.
Check out the Community Ed Page on this site for more info.