About Us

About the Community Learning Council

We provide education that inspires confidence and motivates people to succeed. 


The Community Learning Council (CLC) incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2001.  For nearly two decades we have provided work-related education to low-income and disadvantaged individuals who receive services at neighboring nonprofits.  By collaborating with local nonprofits, together, we can offer job skills training to their clients, on or off-site.


Mission | Vision | Values
Create positive change through real-world adult education.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors

When we opened our doors in 2001, our goal was to provide work-related education (communication, time management, computer skills, etc.) to victims of domestic violence so they could find good paying jobs and move past the financial barriers that often kept them trapped in abusive relationships. It was during this time that we developed Choose Success and began traveling to shelters across Oklahoma in order to provide training to shelter residents and on-site staff. For 12 years, the CLC provided Choose Success, advocacy and therapy services to victims of this crime.

In 2015, we broadened our reach and began offering Choose Success to more nonprofits in Oklahoma County. We also expanded the curriculum to include job search and resume' development workshops, oral and written communication, conflict management, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and other courses. In 2018, the CLC received funding to build a traveling computer lab with ten laptop computers, complete with Microsoft Office Suite. Due to this generous gift, our Choose Success program now includes computer skills training.  By collaborating with Oklahoma nonprofits, more people have the opportunity to learn new skills and improve their career outlook.

In order to grow and sustain our nonprofit efforts, we offer continuing education and professional development courses to therapists, attorneys and others in the business community. When professionals choose the CLC for their continuing education needs, they know their registration fees help fund job skills training with our nonprofit partners.

So, whether you work for a nonprofit and want to offer job skills training to your clients, or you are someone who needs CEUs or CLEs to maintain your professional credentials, we hope you will explore our website to learn more about the programs and services we offer. Let us know your training needs and how we can help.


Providing adult education that inspires  confidence and creates positive change.


A world where education is valued and people are encouraged to succeed.


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Board of Directors

Cheryl Pennington

Oklahoma City Public Schools (Ret)

Rebecca Conner, LPC
Vice Chair/Secretary

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tama Cochran, MSW

Associated Underwriters, Inc.

Jan Lemons

Jan Lemons Connections

Tamra Spradlin, JD

Oklahoma Law Office of Tamra A. Spradlin

Ginger Decoteau, MS, M.Ed.

Director / Ex-officio member



2015 Child Advocacy Award

Association for Women in Communication

2013 Programs Making a Difference

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2012 Friend of CASA Award

Court Appointed Special Advocate
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2006 Guardian Angel Award

Latino Community Development Agency

2004 Innovator of the Year Honoree

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20 National Training & Development Awards

3 Public Service Announcement Awards

2 Documentary Awards