Mary Tracey

Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Carol F. Sheffer

Second Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Schlack

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The summer of 1981 was the period of an internship with the community education programs of Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville. It offered the opportunity to work closely with the directors of the three programs and to become actively involved in these programs. Special projects to work on were assigned in addition to the regular duties of the community education directors. One new program was introduced and put into operation during the internship; another was proposed but not accepted and referred back to a citizens ’ advisory committee. This paper will show how the three communities work together to share materials, personnel, and resources in order to provide a good program for the members of the three communities. Programs are held for all ages from preschool to senior citizens. This internship taught the importance of community education to the total educational picture of the community.