Lifelong learning benefits everyone

It is said that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. We can all be a better student, worker, employer, child, spouse, parent or teacher, and lead more fulfilling lives.

Education imparts the conceptual frameworks for solving different problems and creating new ideas or products, while training provides the knowledge for tackling specific situations.

With information and communication technology, the world is now our biggest classroom (“E-learning can help Singaporeans learn more for less”; Feb 23).

We must relearn the same subject with a broader scope, at a deeper level and in context for it to be helpful and meaningful.

Lifelong learning is no longer optional

Years ago, a college degree virtually guaranteed the holder a good job and a good income. Times have changed. As the velocity of business and technology change continues to accelerate, the value of a college degree has shifted. Today, a college degree only helps new graduates enter the workforce; it is no longer sufficient for long-term career success. Soon, individuals will need to embrace lifelong learning to remain relevant in virtually every field.

Minutes March 10, 2017

Texas Community Education Foundation
March 10, 2017
Jim’s, San Antonio TX
Present: Mauri Williams, Phil Houseal, Loretta Huddleston, Helen Kimsey

Treasurer’s Report
Total Balance $36,207.86
CD1 10,983.87
CD2 10,276.92
Money Mkt $14,947.07

Marketing Report
Phil upgraded the web site to be mobile-friendly. This will ensure it shows up in searches on browsers as well as be readable on smartphones.

Conference Report
Helen spoke with Bridgett Gothberg and Bob Wittman about offering to help with funding for the national conference to be held in conjunction with NSPRA this July 17 at the Hyatt Downtown in San Antonio

Moved (Mauri) and seconded (Loretta) to offer up to the following amount in support:

5-10 scholarships @ $395 = $3950

Pay hotel expenses for Sally Andrews to present = $500
Stipend for national speaker = $1000
Luncheon = $795
Motion passed

Board will request that TCEF receive acknowledgment and branding for its support.
Phil Houseal will attend to assist Sally and represent TCEF.
Phil will prepare a one-page application for scholarships to the event.
He will distribute to projects on his last known email database. Application Deadline May 15.

Mott Foundation
Helen reported that the Mott Foundation is holding a meeting April 4 to look at reviving its National Advisory Board. According to Bridgette, they have two slots available for Texas representatives to attend, expenses paid.

Phil will contact Becky Gossen to see if she has interest, given her previous involvement with both state and national organizations. Also Sally Andrews.

Next Meeting
Friday, May 19, 2017, to go over scholarship applications

Learning Makes You Healthier, Richer, and More Popular

If you’re looking for reasons to make time in your busy schedule to keep learning, there’s no shortage of possibilities. First and foremost, perhaps, is that you’ll be in great company. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey all set aside dedicated time to learn new things each week. Look how far the practice has taken them.

The Mainstreaming of Lifelong Learning

As learning business professionals, most of us are already aware of the importance of lifelong learning – in both our personal and professional lives. But it seems – until recently – that the rest of the world has been slow to acknowledge the significant impact that lifelong learning has, and will continue to have, on how we live and work.

The Mainstreaming of Lifelong Learning