Marsha Buchok honored for work in community ed

Marsha Buchok, Edina Community Education adult coordinator, was recognized for her 20 years of work with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Learning Resources Network, the leading national community education association.

“Marsha received the award for her lifetime of contributions to community education and schools both for Edina and at the national level, where she has served as a leader in the Learning Resources Network,” LERN President William Draves. “This is a critical time for our society, when we need to understand that community education is both the primary lifelong learning for most people in the community and a critical support for public schools.”

As adult coordinator, Buchok programs and manages more than 300 classes, activities and special events and works with 150 instructors serving more than 3,000 participants a year.

During her career, Buchok has spearheaded community events including the Out-of-Work Camp, Edina’s Institut for Positive Aging, the Look Who’s Talking Speaker Series and the Tour de Edina. She’s won numerous awards for programming and design for the more than 60 catelogs she’s produced.

“This award really exemplifies Marsha’s commitment to truly serving all learners in Edina. She is innovative, connected and a pure joy to work with. This award is a win for Marsha and for Edina Community Education Services,” Community Education Services Director Valerie Burke said.

Buchok began her career in continuing education as the director of marketing and communications for the University of St. Thomas MBA program. She then worked as the youth enrichment manager for Edina Community Education before being named to the the adult coordinator position in 1994.