District 196 Community Education is a part of Independent School District 196, serving the cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Coates, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, and Rosemount, and the townships of Empire and Vermillion.

Community Education is a philosophy of education that provides a process of identifying community needs and community resources and matching the two together to promote the total development of the individual and of the community.

Community Education is an opportunity for local citizens, community schools, agencies and institutions to become active partners in addressing education and community concerns. Community Education embraces the belief that education is a lifelong process. It expands the concept of education from kindergarten-grade 12 to all community members. Community Education creates an environment that views education as anything that enhances life experiences.