After two sign-up events and a community meeting, the Ennis Continuing Education Program is off to a swift start as classes crank up this week.
On Monday night, program coordinators Jon Goodman and Toni Fanning met with community members interested in taking classes and learning more about the program at the Ennis High School.
Goodman estimated that about 50 people had signed up for the slate of classes being offered this session. These courses include: introductory to the stock market, open sewing, weight lifting, adult basketball, writing, Zumba and quilting.
People who attended Monday’s meeting were also encouraged to fill out surveys about the Ennis Continuing Education Program, he said.
While the current session of classes represents an expanded slate of courses, the full launch of the new continuing education program will come in March, Goodman said.
“That’s why the surveys in your hands are so important,” he said.
The goal is to have a community driven continuing education program, Fanning said. That puts a premium on the survey (which is also being included with each copy of this week’s Madisonian). The best way for people to communicate their desires and ideas for the Ennis Continuing Education Program is to thoroughly fill them out.
“As specific as you can be on the back of those surveys would help us a ton,” Fanning said told the crowd of about 30 people Monday night. “We’re just excited about this program and where it can go and where you can take it with us.”
Along with discussing the continuing education program and signing people up for classes, Goodman also introduced members of the community advisory committee who were present. The advisory committee has helped Goodman and Fanning craft the program and community survey. The committee members present Monday night were Sara Johnson, Tracy Uihlein, Greg Lemon and Doug Skillman.
Skillman spoke about the committee and emphasized that the main goal of the committee is to communicate with community members and gather thoughts and ideas about the continuing education program.
“We’re just happy we can get input from people in the community,” Skillman said. “Give us your ideas. We want to make sure this gets better and better each and every term.”
While classes for the continuing education program are beginning this week and some are full, many classes are still open for registration, Goodman said.
For more information on the program, call Goodman or Fanning at 682-4258. If you have a completed survey, please return it to the Ennis School District office at the high school, 323 S. Charles St. Ennis, 59729.