Remember the beginning of quarantine? Back when everyone was attempting to make sourdough bread, learning a new instrument or trying a new workout routine?
Our momentum may have slowed, but good news — even after almost a year of the pandemic, there are still in-person and virtual ways for adults to develop new hobbies and pursue passions. Community education courses in the southwest metro are a great way to try new things, get out of the house and maybe even meet new people (distanced, of course).
“Once we knew kids were starting to come back to school, we knew we could start making the buildings more accessible to bring back people in-person,” said Katie Johnson, enrichment and engagement specialist at Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education.
“Turnout has been surprisingly good,” added Shakopee Community Education Adult Services Coordinator Emily Starke. “We’re offering new things to try and keep some variety for those at home, and they’re good quality classes — our instructors have it figured out. They’re filmed professionally, have assistants … we guide participants through everything.”
If you need help with Zoom or Google Meet, staff is available to help — and if in-person classes get cancelled, staff can drive to each participant’s house personally to deliver the supplies needed for virtual learning.