The CCNS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 operation, run solely on student registration fees, and it receives no outside funding except for donations. It is co-directed by Johnson, who has been with CCNS for 18 years, and Leslie Heisman, who became co-director two years ago after serving on the board for several years. They are part of a “small but mighty” staff, as board president Jolene Borgese referred to them in a speech this past February, when the CCNS was given a community service award by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. “Throughout the years, we’ve been proud to touch the lives of bird watchers, aqua pole dancers, woodworkers, dancers, budding chefs, computer wizards, and even juggling clowns,” she
continued in her speech. “We’ve taught our citizens how to paint, golf, cook, write, give speeches, crochet, make an Excel spreadsheet, horseback ride and Cha Cha. We’ve developed entrepreneurs and new businesses.”
Bette Ferris. “I believe Chester County Night School is one of the unrecognized gems that we have available to us in Chester County,” she told us. “I was absolutely delighted when they were recognized by the local chamber recently and given an award for their hard work. Over the past 35 to 40 years I’ve seen them grow and change, expanding their course selection to the amazing catalog of offerings they have now. There’s so much great variety, offered at convenient locations all over the county — there truly is something for everyone.” In fact, once Better retires, she plans to take many more CCNS classes. “I feel like I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg of all CCNS has to offer.”
And that recognition by the chamber was a well-deserved nod, according to
After all, formal education is finite, but learning is for life.
We’ve taught our citizens how to paint, golf, cook, write, give speeches, crochet, make an Excel spreadsheet, horseback ride and Cha Cha
MAY 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM
Voice of the Borough