Community education or community ed is a bridge between who you are and who you want to become. For a relatively low cost, you can explore those interests that you have always had or meet interesting people within your community. Walking into a community ed class, you never know what you are going to get. It could be a retired professor from Harvard or a housewife with an amazing talent for woodworking. Either way, the courses are usually quite informative and engaging.
One of the best things about community ed is that there is no application for admittance or a wait to hear whether you got accepted. It is easy. If you can pay, you can play. Some community ed programs are gracious enough to even offer free classes or assistance to those who live on a tight budget. So, no excuses. Take a look at the following websites and see yourself as a student. Then, take the steps necessary to make that a reality.
Washtenaw Community College offers lifelong learning classes at their campus, as well as in the community
Karaoke held on Friday nights from 8:30pm-12am. Open to everyone.
Address: 995 Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 668-8138
Ann Arbor Community Center
Educational, recreational, social/cultural activities are provided along with emergency services. Classes such as Zumba, Cooking classes, and dance classes are offered. Call for times.
Address: 625 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: (734) 662-3128
Bryant Community Center
Activities for senior citizens, community events, free toy library for young children and more.
Address: 3 W. Eden, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734) 477-0292
Helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.
Address: 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: (734) 786-8401
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center
Offers fitness classes, activities, and summer day camps for lower rates for clients. If a client participates in Nutrition and fitness classes with CSTS, they may be able to get a full-day pass for the rest of the day.
Address: 2960 Washtenaw (at Platt) Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Peace Neighborhood Center
After school programs, day camps, college/career prep club, and more.
Address: 1111 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 662-3564
Robert J. Delonis Center (Shelter Association of Washtenaw County)
The Delonis Center often offers activities for individuals. Please call for more details.
Address: 312 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 662-2829
Homeless Street Soccer Program
Year round practice. Drop ins welcome. Contact Sara Silvennoinen if interested.
Address: 110 N. Fourth Ave., Suite 102, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 368-6786 or (734) 222-3750
Washtenaw Literacy (Literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language Program)
Washtenaw Literacy has free one-on-one tutoring for adults over 16 years of age who live in Washtenaw County and who cannot read and write at all or have trouble with reading and writing. The tutoring sessions are individualized, so you can choose when and where would be most convenient for you. The center also has a Family Literacy Program that works with parents in order to help them to read with their kids. These programs are open to persons that have just come to this country as well.
Address: 1100 N. Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 679-0099 (ask for the Program Director)