Community Education Program Wins International Award

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Nashville Community Education honored for excellence by Learning Resources Network

Executive Director Lovette Curry Accepts LERN Award

(Nashville, TN)--Nashville Community Education has recently been awarded a plaque of excellence in the website category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association in lifelong learning.  The winning entry was included in a showcase of internationally exemplary programs at the LERN Annual Conference in San Francisco, Nov. 21-23, 2013.  NCE‘s entry was selected from more than 100 nominations. Executive Director Lovette Curry was on hand to receive the award.

“Over the past several years the department has worked tirelessly to build a brand awareness and marketing strategy that will engage the Nashville community,” shares Curry.  She continues, “We are pleased that our work, along with the IT department for the city of Nashville, aided in developing our website that received this award from the LERN organization.”

The NCE website is part of a larger branding strategy by the organization that includes radio advertisements, increased use of social media, print advertisements, as well as a successful public relations strategy that has increased media visibility. Judges indicated that there was a very high level of excellence in this year’s field of nominees.  Julie Coates, Vice President of Information Services for LERN said, “This year’s award nominees were among the highest quality ever submitted.”  Ms. Coates also noted there were winners selected this year than in any previous year, due to the quality of nominations.

In selecting programs to be recognized, Coates said the judges primary criteria was through evidence of being a leader and forward thinker in the field of lifelong learning.  In addition, judges also applied the following criterion: originality, innovation, and appropriateness as a model for other programs, replicable, and measurable outcomes.  “The awards selection process is very competitive,” Coates said, “and it is truly an honor to be selected.”

During the conference the submission was on display in the conference Hall of Learning throughout the three-days.  In addition, the winning programs will be featured in future LERN publications and on LERN’s website.

For more information on Nashville Community Education visit www.nashville.gov/CE or call 615-298-8050.   NCE offers classes at three locations: The Cohn School, Antioch High School, and Wright Middle School.  Registration for the Winter session begins January 6, 2013 and classes start January 21.  You can register for classes online, by phone or in person at our Cohn location.

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