January 2011 Newsletter

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Greetings EXCO friends and Happy 2011!

I. EXCO has a new name! Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities
II. We are now accepting facilitator applications for Spring 2011
III. EXCO Reflection Dinner Event on Friday, January 28th 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at Project for Pride in Living (1035 E. Franklin St.) – open house-style with food, a raffle, and spoken word
IV. Check out our new Facebook page
V. Get involved in EXCO through volunteer opportunities
VI. Save the date for our big Spring event on May 7th

I. EXCO has a new name! Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities

The Experimental College of the Twin Cities is now Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities. The new name was voted on and approved at our last citywide meeting in December. The change came after the Minnesota Office of Higher Education informed us that to keep ‘college’ in our title, we would have to fork over some big bucks for a “private career school license”. We had already been discussing a name change that better fits the description of the organization. It would have been nice if it wasn’t a forced change, but we like our new name. Yeah Community!

II. We are now accepting facilitator applications for Spring 2011

Share your knowledge, skills, and passions by filling out a facilitator application online at www.excotc.org/create_class

Past classes have focused on a variety of skills and topics such as sewing, languages, cooking, queer politics, labor organizing, auto mechanics, radical feminisms, bike maintenance, culture jamming and much, much more. Whether you are new to or a veteran of facilitating, EXCO is ramping up its support system, including providing one-on-one contact people, more and better orientation and education opportunities on facilitation and pedagogical issues and skills. Please contact us as [email protected] or call (651) 998-9268 if you have any questions about creating a class or the application process.

Applications are due January 28th if you would like your budget to be considered.

III. EXCO Reflection Event on Friday, January 28th 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Project for Pride in Living (1035 E. Franklin St.) – open House-style with food, a raffle, and spoken word

EXCO is hosting an open house-style reflection event. Join us for dinner, hot cocoa, spoken word, and an evening with good people. We will also be raffling off fun prizes throughout the night!

Participants will have the opportunity to visit themed stations to reflect on the previous session, offer up ideas for improvement, and vision for the future. Newcomers to EXCO are also welcome! Stations will be themed on various aspects of EXCO, including the facilitator process, events, publicity, our future mural, and more.

We need you to come and share your ideas! Hope to see you there!

6:30 to 8:30pm, Friday, January 28th @ Project for Pride in Living (1035 E. Franklin St. Mpls)

IV. Check out our new Facebook page

Visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/EXCO-Experimental-Community-Education-of-the-Twin-Cities/172178909468814 and show your love for EXCO by “liking”, posting comments, and sharing the page. Spread the word!

V. Get involved in EXCO through volunteer opportunities

As an all-volunteer-run organization, EXCO has a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit your interests and skills including:
-Helping out with events through planning, day-of tasks, cooking food, childcare, and more)
-Childcare for Academia Comunitaria and Cedar Riverside classes
-Facilitator support
-Publicity (designing fliers, writing press releases, posting fliers around the Twin Cities, participating in phone-a-thons, and more)
-Organizing

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us through our Facebook page, [email protected], or call us at 651-998-9268

VI. Save the date for our big Spring event on May 7th

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a stellar event. Details to come.

If you are interested in helping plan this event, contact Erin at [email protected] or 815-302-2481. You can also attend our reflection event (see above) to provide input on what you’d like to see at EXCO events.

In Solidarity,

Erin and the EXCO organizing team