About Us

Building Learning Communities


The 2016-2017 school year brings a new chapter to our nationally known and respected Community Education program. Community Education is joining the broader Community Engagement and Outreach team at High School District 214 and I am excited for the possibilities that our combined department will be able to offer our students, staff and community members.

The newly expanded Community Engagement and Outreach department will work to share the successes and stories of our District through effective and innovative two-way communication and public engagement initiatives, provide students with additional opportunities and resources through our Education Foundation and support lifelong learning through Community Education.  More broadly, through these efforts and your partnership, we will continue to empower a positive dialogue about public education at the local, regional and national levels.

I am a firm believer that Community Education is vital to the fabric of our communities. We serve thousands of residents each year through innovative programming and partnerships and aim to engage all learners and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in our region.

Community Education is an educational philosophy that extends learning beyond the restrictions of age and the traditional school day, with the belief that our student body is potentially everyone who lives or works in our area. We are committed to working with individuals, local agencies, businesses and organizations of all types interested in becoming active partners in addressing community-wide issues. We are dedicated to building learning communities, which in turn improves the quality of life for everyone.  
A few of our offerings include the following:

  • Hundreds of challenging Continuing Education classes  
  • Affordable and convenient Cultural & Performing Arts programs
  • Exciting and educational day trips and worldwide travel
  • ESL, ABE, GED, Family Literacy classes
  • Citizenship Prep Services
  • One-to-one literacy tutoring
  • Intergenerational and Older Adult programs

Some of these programs are supported in large part by generous donors.  We encourage you to visit the Education Foundation website to learn how you can support our community programming, our adult learners, and our high school students as well as get involved in our alumni initiatives. 

District 214 has a long and proud history of educational excellence.  Regardless of your age or stage of life, we are here to help you “Discover Your Future” or attain success that will improve the quality of your life.  It is an honor to serve you!


Patrick Mogge
Director of Community Education
Director of Community Engagement and Outreach