Dr. Donna J. Helble Hall

Winona State University will host a College of Education Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Education Village to celebrate the 5-year anniversary since its opening.

Free and open to the public, the open house event welcomes kids, families, alumni, and community members to come enjoy guided tours, food trucks, storytelling by local celebrities, inflatable obstacle courses, family yoga, face painting, climbing at WSU’s Climbing Center, and giveaways.

Just as Education Village is a space for learning and engagement, so too are the events for the open house. As part of the fun, attendees will get a chance to do different activities that get kids moving, reading, exploring, and learning.

“We host community events, provide continuing education for local educators, engage with community leaders, and create space for innovation and new ideas,” says Scott Sorvaag, Dean of the College of Education. “Our April 6th Community Open House is an invitation to all members of our community to explore what is possible in the future of our Education Village.”

The Education Village project renovated Helble Hall (formerly Wabasha Hall), Wabasha Recreation Center, and Cathedral Elementary School to create a national model to prepare future teachers, counselors, coaches, and educational leaders. This model honors the tradition of education started at the Winona State Normal School.

The College of Education has served 2,339 students total through Education Village since 2019. This total includes students who minored in education or graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees.