Busy ‘Mumpreneurs’ Building Bridges In Community Education

Kira and Steve Klein
Kira and Steve Klein

Like any busy Mum, Kira Klein, knows only too well that finding the balance between running a busy, marketing consultancy and raising a growing, young family with husband Steve, can sometimes prove to be tricky. This hasn’t stopped the young ‘Mumpreneur’ expanding her enterprise with a brand new venture on the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast Community College is a new innovation in community education and offers a range of short, non-accredited courses that will drive local employment, knowledge sharing, personal enrichment, social inclusion and bridge educational gaps with affordability being the key. Until now such a concept has been unavailable as a collective on the Coast.
Mrs.Klein, who is expecting her second child later this year, shows no signs of slowing down in her quest for bridging the gap in community education across the Coast. While the College attracts people of all ages, she said “Mums who are waiting until their children are older before returning to the workforce can often miss the sociability and challenge of a work environment and the College is a great way for them to meet like minded people and learn a new hobby or skill”.
Another busy ‘Mumpreneur’ joining forces with Mrs.Klein in community education, is Anna Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert runs a successful portrait and wedding photography business and has teamed up with The College to provide photography workshops for beginners, as well as an advanced photography class.
Ms.Gilbert said “Teaching with the SCCC is an exciting opportunity to share my experience, diffuse the frustration that often comes with trying to get that perfect shot, meet other Mum’s in the area and spend a fun day in Buderim Forest park learning basic camera skills including lighting techniques, composition and great tips for creating better portraits of your kids and friends. So many of the lovely Mum’s I meet through this course have swapped numbers and kept in touch”.
The College offers a range of courses including floral art, jewellery making, bonsai, reiki, drawing, hula hoop fitness, tennis and cup cake decorating to name just a few. The College is rapidly growing its range of courses available with photography, gardening, drumming, art, guitar, creative writing and business courses scheduled for upcoming terms.
Enrolment is now open for Term 3 and courses can be booked through the website www.sunshinecoastcommunitycollege.com.au