Adult Learning

We believe you are never done learning! That is why our Adult Learning Program offers hundreds of classes for community members to challenge themselves and grow. Topic areas include computer courses, dance, financial planning, fitness, hobbies, music, language, personal growth and wellness, cooking and more. New classes are offered weekly and vary widely. Rediscover the joy of learning with no grades or papers–just the pure satisfaction of discovering something new. 

We also coordinate and cooperatively operate several programs in order to provide the widest variety of services possible. Adult English language learners, persons pursuing United States citizenship and individuals who want to achieve their high school diploma or GED can all find the assistance they need to achieve these important life goals through Community Education. 

 

Additional Adult Programs

Adult Basic Education

Eden Prairie Community Education partners with Metro South and the communities of Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield to bring basic adult educational opportunities to the Eden Prairie community. Through this collaborative, Metro South is able to provide a number of educational opportunities to area learners.


Classes are offered in the areas of GED test preparation, high school diploma programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), and basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics. Residents may take a course at any of the four locations as classes and offerings vary per location.

  • GED Test Preparation: These classes, small groups, and tutors help learners improve their reading, writing, and math skills in a supportive environment as they prepare to take the General Education Development (GED) exam. Students can also study for the GED using an internet based curriculum which allows the flexibility to study at home or anywhere with an internet connection.

  • Diploma Programs for Adult Learners: Both daytime and evening classes are offered for adult learners who are working to complete the requirements of a high school diploma.

  • Under 21 Diploma Program: Designed for students ages 17-21 who have fallen behind in high school who desire to attend a program which better fits their individual needs or have dropped out of high school and want to return to complete their high school education.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): Classes are offered at many different levels to adult learners from a variety of countries. Classrooms are located in Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield.

  • College Preparation: Assists adult learners with specific goals of learning to read better, learning math skills, and improving writing abilities. Learners work at their own pace in a supportive environment.

To learn more about these opportunities and to register, visit the Metro South website. If you have questions, please contact Metro South at (952) 681-6170.

Adults with Disabilities

Learning Exchange

Learning Exchange is a collaborative effort among the Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield Community Education Departments to provide lifelong learning and community involvement opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Learning Exchange offers a variety of customized classes, special events, training, and accommodations to include adults (18 and older) with disabilities in community education activities. Some of the many opportunities available are classes in:

  • Independent Living Skills: cooking, home maintenance, self-defense, and skin care

  • Personal Enrichment: relationship skills, music and art appreciation, and internet use

  • Social Enrichment and Creative Expression: acting, seasonal crafts, and dance

To receive a class catalog, please complete the Participant Profile Form. Once the profile has been received you will be placed on the mailing list.

Accommodations, Interpreters, and note takers for adults with disabilities wishing to participate in community education classes are available by making a request at least 10 business days before the class. For additional information or to make a request, contact Janet at (952) 681-6121.


TRAIL (Transportation Resource to Aid Independent Living)

TRAIL provides transportation services for developmentally disabled adults, enabling them to attend a variety of AR&LE programs. Programs served by TRAIL are noted by the TRAIL bus logo in the AR&LE catalog. TRAIL riders live in Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield and do not have affordable transportation available. Through donations and fundraising TRAIL subsidizes the cost of transportation, so riders pay a nominal fee per trip. To learn more go to www.ridetrail.org or call Michelle at 952-828-0983.

Adult Driver Education

If you are an adult 18 years or older and need driving lessons, please contact Midway Driving School or call (612) 623-4132.

If you are looking for Teen Driver Education you can visit our website www.edenpr.org/drivereducation.

Eagles Adult English

Eagles Adult English is an evening English course for parents of Eden Prairie Schools students and other adults 18 years old and older who test into the appropriate English level. The class is taught by a Metro South teacher and will be offered at Central Middle School during the 2019/2020 school year, beginning September 9, 2019. 

Eagles Adult English is part of a broader partnership with Metro South Adult Basic Education and other community organizations aiming to expand English learning opportunities for English language learners in Eden Prairie! Over the 2018/2019 school year, we gathered information from parents, teachers, and community organizations and piloted several new family literacy programs in Eden Prairie to better meet the needs of local families. Find more information about our Family Literacy programming on the About our Programs page. 

Para obtener información en español, contáctese con Heriberto Vargas en hvargas@edenpr.org o 952-975-7068.  

Haddii aad u baahan tahay qof ku hadla af Soomaali la hadal 952-975-7254.

For more information, please contact Lydia Nelson, Family Literacy VISTA, at lydia_nelson@edenpr.org or 952-975-6968. 

Teach a Class

Eden Prairie Community Education is always looking for new courses to offer. Do you have a special skill, talent or new class idea to share with others? Community Education offers life-long learning for all ages, before and after school, evenings and weekends.

TEACH AN ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASS 
If you are interested in teaching an adult enrichment class for the Fall 2019 season, please submit your course proposal online by May 29, 2019. 

Here is the information you'll need to complete the online proposal:

  • Name and Contact Information Class Title (60 Character Maximum)

  • Class Description (400 Character Maximum)

  • Dates and Time for Class Student Material

  • Fees Description and Amount (Optional - Additional Fees Collected by Instructor)

  • Minimum and Maximum Number of Students

  • Facility and Room Preferences Room Set-Up and Equipment Needs

  • Instructor Bio (Optional)

  • Additional Class Information (Optional for Website)

We will contact you concerning the status of your proposal and to schedule an interview if we would like to offer the class. Please complete one course proposal form for each class/section you wish to teach. We will accommodate requests for classes, dates, and times whenever possible. Contact the Community Education office at comed@edenpr.org with any questions.

ADULT ENRICHMENT PROPOSAL TIMELINES 

Winter / Spring Classes: January 14 through May 31, 2019
Course Proposals Due: October 8, 2018

Summer Classes: June 3 through August 26, 2019
Course Proposals Due: January 25, 2019

Fall 2019 courses will run September 9, 2019 through December 20, 2019
Course Proposals Due: May 29, 2019