Community education

Welcome NCE Opportunity Now Summer Interns


I’m Shukri Jama, one of the new NCE intern from the Opportunity Now Program. I currently attend East Nashville Magnet High School as a rising senior. I heard of the opportunity now from a friend and wanted to do medical or office work. I thought about how I would want my summer to be fun and go on vacations but I realized what a great opportunity it would be. I want to be prepared for college and my future career. The main thing I want to get out of this experience is being more social and interactive with others. I feel like the social media and communication internship will help me very well with that.

 My first day at this internship didn’t start as expected. I got lost and couldn’t find the entrance. Eventually, I called Mary Beth and she led me inside. It wasn’t bad, I actually enjoyed it. The people here are really nice and it’s a small office. It’s quiet and peaceful and a great thinking environment. Mary Beth introduced me to Josh, Lakeithea, and Imelda. With the looks of it, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this internship. Lakeithea told me what I’ll be working on as a social media communication intern and it sounds great. I hope to enjoy it and get a great experience out of it.

Opportunity Now

Hi! I am Maha Oskar, one of the most recent NCE Intern with the Opportunity Now Program. I currently attend East Nashville Magnet High School and I am a rising senior. With this program, I wish to improve on professional and communication skills. I hope to gain more knowledge of office work. I really enjoyed training week with my employment coach, Mrs. Patton. I met many new people who were friendly and supportive.

On my first day at work, I was expecting to see a lot of Interns and office desks separated all over the room. I was also expecting it to be a strict workspace. I first met Mrs. Harding, she greeted me and my co-worker with a big smile and was very friendly. I then met Josh and Lakeithea and they were also very friendly and kind. The office was quite small and simple which was not what I expected. I then was shown my desk and where I would be most of the time. Mrs. Harding then explained all the rules and requirements throughout the program. We then got a tour around the school and all the classrooms where some classes will be held. Everyone was really kind and patient.

My first day overall was calm and easy. Everyone was nicer than expected. The working environment was wonderful. I believe I will have a great six weeks working with NCE.

Nashville Community Education Spring 2019 Highlights

As our spring 2019 session comes to a close we want to highlight some awesome things that happened this session.

We welcomed many new classes and partnerships including our Partnership with Metro Nashville Business Assistance Office, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Metro Arts Commission.


Laura from Crème Catering who hosts our Seasonal Cooking Class with Nashville Farmer’s Market came on-board and welcomed two new classes, Anti-Inflammatory Comfort Foods Series and a Knife Skills class that was a huge hit.


Amanda Scott, who has been teaching our Essential Oils class for several sessions introduced new classes, Green Cleaning with Essential Oils and Essential Oils for Emotions. In these two classes, students were able to learn healthy alternatives and also make products in class to help them get started on their new journey.


We had a fun Cookie Decorating Basics class----YUMMM!! Hope the students enjoyed decorating these cookies as much as they enjoyed eating them.

And students in our Mandarin Chinese class celebrated Lunar New Year and their instructor, Winnie gave all of her students their own Chinese New Year red pocket, “Lucky Money.”

Lucky Money

Oh, let’s not forget we got to see costume and vintage jewelry and learn all about Leather Craft and make handmade leather bags, who would’ve thought it would be that much work!!!

Leather handcraft

Making Comics class had a comic exchange party thanks to the sponsors (Wakeup Comics).

Imelda, our Program Director wrote a blog post for the spring program in Spanish!!! -Read it here!

We learned how fun HEMA can be through our Beginning HEMA: German Longsword class

Lakeithea, our Community Engagement Coordinator interviewed our instructor, Thomas Dowd about Understanding Heart Disease. Students learned about applying Makeup, we embraced Podcasting and we loved creating in journaling in Creative Personal Journal.

What an awesome session and we are looking forward to returning for the summer starting May 28th!