Troubled Nashville community education program still breathing

It's starting to build enrollments and generate revenue.  From The Tennessean.

Nashville Community Education classes make a comeback

Lovette Curry still meets people who think the Nashville Community Education Commission dissolved years ago. 
Instead, the commission executive director tells them enrollment is up and revenues are increasing. 
But Curry can’t deny that, for a while, it seemed the once-popular classes had gone away. 
Turmoil in 2010 threatened to end the program after more than 30 years of after-school, adult and senior classes ranging from couponing to conversational Spanish. A financial review exposed mismanagement, and the program split off from Metro Schools, chopping its budget by more than half. Three of four class locations closed. And layoffs cut a staff of eight down to one — just Curry. 
“With all that transition and losing staff the way that we did, and closing sites, a lot of people thought we were closed,” Curry said. “It was like, ‘Remember when Community Ed was a thing?’ There was no money for advertising, for professional development, for printing.” 
New leadership and Metro Council oversight overhauled the program, discontinued some classes and recommended that Community Education give up oversight of the Senior Renaissance Center, where dozens of seniors spend their mornings in West Nashville.
The changes also allowed Curry to broadcast a different message: “We’re still here.”


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