A bold initiative
The community learning initiative is a significant component of Randolph’s strategic plan
as it relates, in particular, to its first two goals:
· Ensure the Relevance of Programs for Today and Tomorrow
· Enhance Our Integration into the Wider Community
What we do
The purpose of community learning is to deepen the application of one of the three strands of Randolph’s educational philosophy
, "Learning for the Greater Good." We believe that the educational experience at Randolph not only provides extraordinary opportunities for our students, but great responsibilities.
First among these is a commitment to lifelong learning for the purpose of meeting and overcoming the challenges of our world.
Second, is the commitment to connecting with all the members of our community for the purpose of collaboration and capacity-building that leads to effective community partnerships.
Third, is the creation of a legacy of learning and leadership for those who join the Randolph community in the future.
Our students are our focus
Community learning seeks to inspire students to not only achieve mastery of their academic offerings, but to apply the skills they learn to the social, economic and civic needs of the local, national and global communities and to have a better understanding of themselves and what they have to offer.
Meet the Director of Community Learning
Mason West is a teacher, visionary, entrepreneur and program-builder. Prior to joining Randolph in July 2012, he served as Social Studies Department Chair at the Howard School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was the founding director for Engage Youth Empowerment Services in Wolverhampton, England. In both of these roles, Mr. West worked with students to create relevant learning experiences that connect ideas about community to the actions necessary to improve them.
As founder and president of his own consulting firm, Mr. West conducted leadership training programs for public and private sector organizations, especially community-based organizations. In this capacity, he was a contract consultant for the United States Justice Department’s Community Capacity Development Office, as well as the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He also developed the Talented Tenth Leadership Program, which trains middle and high school students in community and economic development.
Mr. West has worked in schools in Birmingham, Ala., and in Bermuda. He has deep Huntsville roots, as this is mother’s home. Mr. West earned B.A. in theology from Oakwood University and an M.A. in urban/regional planning and community development from Alabama A&M University. He is pursuing a doctorate in learning and leadership at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.Contact the Director of Community Learning.