The DPI believes that Community Education can improve the quality of life by providing lifelong learning opportunities for all members of the community. Schools can create community through opportunities for active recreation, citizen involvement, informal non-credit courses, and collaborations with other community organizations. About 70 Wisconsin school districts sponsor formal community education programs which includes a person hired to provide leadership, and commitment to the Wisconsin Five Components of Community Education. Many more districts subscribe to the philosophy, but may not have a staff member hired to coordinate programs.
Serve residents of the community from birth through senior adulthood with a myriad of programs and activities.
Use both school and community facilities, bringing programs close to your neighborhood.
Improve academic achievement by providing quality after-school and tutoring and mentoring programs.
Offer volunteer opportunities for all citizens.
Create a scholarship program, to give access to low-income residents.
Provide accommodations that allow differently-abled children and adults to participate.
Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.
Office of Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
201 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703