Minnesota Community
Education Association
The state-wide membership organization of community educators
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MCEA provides the leadership, resources and support
services needed to develop and sustain
leading-edge Community Education programs and services.


Who We Are

The Minnesota Community Education Association is the state-wide membership organization of community educators. Since forming in 1974, we have grown to 1,200 members strong. MCEA has members from all parts of Minnesota, including community education directors, staff, program coordinators, teachers, advisory council members, and community members. We offer our members services in the areas of legislative lobbying and research, community education resources, professional development, job postings, legal services, quarterly newsletter, and recognition.

Becoming a Member
Is easy! Just visit our Membership page for application and fee information.

Our board of directors guides our organizations' priorities and purpose. For information on our board members, including regional representatives, along with information on how you can become a board member, visit the Board page.

Three main committees steer the work of the association:
  • Resource, Advocacy, and Legislative Leadership Initiatives (RALLI)
  • Professional Development and Member Services (PDMS)
  • Marketing and Program Development
Visit the Committees page for information on committee projects and how to participate.

MCEA Office
Our membership is supported year-round by the MCEA Office staff. For staff and contact information, please visit the Office Info page.

What Is Community Education?

Community Education is an opportunity for local citizens and community schools, agencies and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns. Community Education brings community members together to identify and link community needs and resources in a manner that helps people to help themselves raise the quality of life in their communities.

The statewide Community Education delivery system serves 1.7 million school age youth, nearly 300,000 children age 0 to 4, and over 900,000 adults each year. This efficient system is able to generate $6.00 for every $1.00 of aid/levy it receives, extending the impact of programming dollars well beyond their initial potential.

Community Education is a unique education concept that embraces these beliefs:
  • Education is a lifelong process;
  • Everyone in the community - individuals, businesses, public and private agencies -- shares responsibility for the mission of educating all members of the community;
  • and Citizens have a right and a responsibility to be involved in determining community needs, identifying community resources, and linking those needs and resources to improve their community.
Community Education results in:
  • A responsive education system and an improved learning climate in the schools;
  • Efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering education and community services;
  • Broad-based community support for schools and other community agencies;
  • An emphasis on special populations, such as at-risk youth and minorities;
  • and Collective action among all educational and community agencies to address quality of life issues.
Working together - through Community Education - Communities can address such concerns as: child care and extended day care programs; substance abuse; senior citizen services; student achievement/school effectiveness; community pride/support for schools; unemployment/underemployment; literacy/diploma and degree completion; community economic development; and many other community ideas.

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MCEA Executive Office
13750 Lake Blvd., Lindstrom, MN 55045
ph: (651) 257-0752   |   fax: (651) 213-2094