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Community Education Center

Learning is FUN! Learn how to cook, ride the bus, manage your budget, make healthy snacks, learn safe on-line practices, meet new friends, and so much more!
We continue to offer classes via Zoom, as well as limited in-person sessions. Students planted, watered, and tended our community garden. They have made bird houses, garden stepping stones, and toured two local gardens during Spring session. Students are looking forward to harvesting the tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and flowers during our summer session.
We continue to benefit from the Carrico Family Foundation grant awarded us. We purchased a variety of necessary items for the Community Center, including laptops, iPads, headphones, HD cameras, and Apple pencils. This technology allowed us to stay connected through the pandemic and provide necessary outlets for online instruction. In iPad class, our students learned how to draw and design cards, access jigsaw puzzles and color applications, search for information safely, make music playlists, utilize the calendar and clock functions, and set up their home screens.
Our Cooking classes had a cook-off at Crater Works state-of-the-art industrial kitchen. Students made their best pizza recipes and judges chose the winners!
We experienced first-time success offering a Science class to our students which covered Geology, Astronomy, and Ecology.
Our Sign Language class continues to grow in students and is one of our most popular classes.
Spring session we connected with Ashland and Crater High School transition students and taught Budgeting and Money Matters to their groups. We hope to continue our partnerships with these school districts in the Fall.
Our summer session offerings include Bus-riding class, Sign Language, Gardening, Music and Dance at the Mall Dance studio, Art, Photography, three Cooking sections, iPad, and Social Skills classes. Our summer schedule is already full for in-person students and we are allowing students to join us via Zoom for a hybrid learning model. Our goal is to continue to meet student’s needs where they are- whether at home, in-person, or in the community.
Contact our Community Education Center Coordinator, Robin, for additional info, to register, or to be added to email notifications.
Pathway’s Community Education Center offers several classes throughout the year. Sessions are typically 12-weeks long and cover a variety of topics, including:
Relationships and Dating (RAD) rests on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the life span. This 12-week curriculum also addresses physical development, body image, self-esteem, and social skills. At the end of the session participants are invited to a “mixer” event (open to other like-minded individuals in the community) to celebrate all they have learned and to have the opportunity to meet new people.
Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination focuses on self-advocacy, achieving greater independence, and learning to assert oneself within the community. More specifically, this course will discuss communication styles, active listening, rules, rights and responsibilities, voting, life after high school, as well as understanding the IDEA and ADA law and how to shape it by participating in local and statewide groups. Activities include meeting your representative(s), procuring a voter’s registration card, and how to participate in State and local advocacy activities and agencies.
Skills for Living is designed to enhance an individual’s current abilities, as well as to assist in obtaining new skills. Maximize independence and self-esteem through practical lessons based on needs and real life experiences. Instruction will be provided through hands-on presentation, role playing, videos and assessments.

Employment Skills is designed to assist an individual with gaining the skills he/she needs to obtain integrated employment. Pathway uses a person-centered approach during a 12-week comprehensive curriculum specifically designed for adults who want to go to work. Sample class topics include dressing appropriately for an interview, searching for job openings online, managing transportation to and from work, budgeting paychecks, etc.
Ongoing classes at Pathway’s Community Education Center also include Cooking/Nutrition, Gardening, Public Transportation, Budgeting, and more.