The community education department encourages involvement. The department coordinates a general advisory council influencing all programs in the department and welcomes feedback around issues facing specific programs.
The Community Education Advisory Council meets four times during the school year. Each meeting, members share news and happenings from their areas of the community and hear new ideas to consider implementing to improve and advance our programming and how we serve the community.
The advisory council also hosts an annual breakfast, inviting local legislators and community representatives to learn more about programs serving the community and to discuss opportunities to collaborate and work together to serve our residents, students and our communities.
Kimberly Carpenter, resident Representing the city of Brooklyn Park
Laura Cleveland, Directory of Professional and Workforce Training Representing Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College
Wade Demmer, City Council member Representing the Coon Rapids City Council
Nicole Hayes, Director Representing the Anoka-Hennepin School Board
Valerie Holthus, City Council member Representing the Andover City council
Ryan Karasek, City Council member Representing the Champlin City council
Lisa LaCasse, Recreation Supervisor Representing the city of Anoka
Kathy Palm, Program Coordinator Representing the Anoka County Work Force
Tom Ryan, Mayor Representing the city of Blaine
Bill Reichenborn, resident Representing the city of Coon Rapids and senior citizens
Joan Thunell, retiree Representing the Community Schools program
Layne Vermeulen, Extension Educator Representing the U of M Extension
Charlie Lehn, Parks Facility Manager - Alternative member Representing the city of Champlin
Contact Al Ickler
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