MCEA is at the very core of Community Education in the State of Minnesota. It is here to serve our more than 1400 members, volunteers and professional staff. As members, you have entrusted our Board of Directors and executive office to help guide and grow the association and keep Minnesota at the forefront of Community Education in the country.
Members are the heart of our association. We are a service based organization that is here to support and serve you in your careers. One thing I would like to encourage all of you to do is to not just be a part of MCEA, but to be active in MCEA. You can do this by attending professional development, participating in formal and informal networking, serving on a committee or just connecting with your peers across the state to create new programs or troubleshoot issues. If you are ever in need of assistance or need help accessing resources, please reach out to the executive office, Board of Directors or any other member in the state. We are all here to help.
2018 was a great year for the association and I am looking forward to serving you as president in 2019. Our goals for 2019 are lofty and should help us continue to improve our association. Our first goal is to continue our work on our statewide marketing campaign. This will roll out in 2019. We hope to provide resources that are valuable to all of our members.
Our second goal is to continue working on increasing our statewide engagement within MCEA. As I stated earlier, this can be done in many different ways. We would like to see every member connected to MCEA in one way or another. This goal is at the heart of our association. We will continue to try to find ways to make sure professional development and networking are easily accessible to all members.
Our third goal is to increase support for school-based child care programs. With the ever growing demands and the large reach of these programs, we feel it is necessary to start looking at this area to see how we can better serve our members needs.
Our final goal is to look at the future of Community Education. We need to start the process of bringing our members together to help guide the discussion and creation of best practice resources, engaging new market growth and how do we reach all of our members where they are at. This type of work needs to be done at a statewide level and should help guide our work for years to come.
If you would like to learn more about MCEA’s 2019 goals, please feel free to reach out to any board member or find them on the website.
On behalf of MCEA, I would like say thank you. As all of you continue to do wonderful work around the state serving your communities, please remember that you are not alone – we are here to serve and support you with that work, so do not hesitate to reach out to a fellow member.
2019 MCEA President
Monticello Public School
Community Education Director