Clarion Community Learning Workshop
The 537 Clarion: Community Learning Workshop provides learning for all ages with its programming continually changing according to the community’s needs.
Located at 537 Main Street in Clarion, the workshop’s mission is to provide critical educational opportunities to members of the Clarion community and surrounding communities. This includes homework help, tutoring in specific subject areas, GED preparation and programming and workshops in areas of the arts, writing, computer literacy, workplace writing and much more. The workshop is co-directed by Dr. Rich Lane and Dr. Leah Chambers, who are also faculty members at Clarion University. Lane and Chambers view the workshop’s mission as continually defined by the community’s needs. Since its opening, the Community Learning Workshop has served more than 400 learners of all ages, from Pre-K to adults.
Essential in shaping the workshop’s mission is its staff. The workshop is staffed primarily by Clarion University students from multiple academic programs, as well as some community volunteers. To date, more than 300 Clarion University students have volunteered and participated in programs at the workshop. The workshop provides the opportunity for students to connect with the community through service, which has been defined by the American Association of Colleges Universities (AACU) as a "high-impact practice." Not only do volunteers provide homework help and tutoring, but they also develop and facilitate programs, assist with marketing of events via social media and flyers, conduct research on community needs and maintain daily operations.
There are numerous ways in which both students and community members can serve at the workshop and help to define and shape its mission and goals. Lastly, the Community Learning Workshop is a place in which community members can come together, share ideas, collaborate and “make things happen” for the greater good.
The workshop opened in the fall of 2013 and is seeded by a grant from Clarion University.
For more information about our programs and/or volunteer opportunities contact us via phone or email: Clarion537@gmail.com or 814 226 4041.
Hours of Operation are from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3:15 to 5 p.m. on Friday.