Community Education Examines Larger Social Role, Newer Home

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Byline: Vince Galloro Daily Herald Staff Writer

Over its 15 years, the Community Education arm of Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has grown to serve more than 60,000 participants annually.

It offers adult literacy and English as a Second Language classes, classes on citizenship, travel programs and help for those looking for a job.

On Thursday, its leaders proposed an ambitious plan to take Community Education far beyond that in its next 15 years.

Community Education officials made a pitch to school board members to use an empty part of Forest View Educational Center's Building A for a resource center that would spearhead an effort to alleviate local social problems.

The collaboration center, as it is called, would bring together business, private and government agencies and the district's six traditional high schools to identify needs in the community and work to meet them.

The center would seek grants and donations for its funding. The proposal also calls for space to offer services to small businesses and job seekers, computer rooms and a wellness center.

Community Education, which relies on grants, donations and fees for three-quarters of its $1.6aemillion budget, would like to use 30,000 square feet on the second floor of Building A.

District 214's alternative Vanguard School occupies 20,000 square feet on the first floor.

The second and third floors have been mostly empty since Roosevelt University moved its Northwest suburban campus out in 1996. …