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Leaders Ready to Grow Cambridge-Isanti Community Education Programs

After a difficult 14-months, an opportunity to rebuild is on the horizon for the Cambridge-Isanti Community Education team, and the effort will be led by Aviva Hillenbrand. Today, Superintendent Rudolph announced Hillenbrand’s permanent appointment as Director of Community Education following her six-month appointment in the role as interim-director.

“Aviva has deep expertise in community education programming, understanding child development and community education budget and finance,” said Superintendent Rudolph. “The Director of Community Education must be entrepreneurial. The budget is designed to run independent of the District’s general education budget and must operate based on programming fees and a state mandated community service levy. Community Education serves learners from birth to well into their 70s or 80s. Because it is fee-based, the program was hit hard during the pandemic when many of its offerings were cancelled. Aviva has the energy and innovative thinking to rebuild and rethink how we best serve our community.”

With a number of community education program and supervisory positions opened, the District also took the opportunity to reorganize some leadership positions and combined an open Adult Basic Education program coordinator position with oversight for aquatics and drivers education. 

If families have ever used Adventure Center for childcare, enrolled in early childhood classes, have used the pool for lap or open swim, rented our facilities for scouts, worship, or recreational sports, enrolled in drivers education, karate, a computer class—you have likely been a patron of our community education program.

The summer Community Education brochure has arrived in homes. The brochure reaches a wide range of customers in the Cambridge-Isanti area. It was mailed to over 16,000 homes in the school district three times a year: August (Fall), December (Winter/Spring) & April (Summer). Community Education offers opportunities to get out of your house, connect with like-minded community members—painting, dancing, learning, moving—and keep your mind and your spirit sharp.

“I am excited about how much growth in participation we have had in the past several months and are looking forward to continued growth,” shared Hillenbrand. “People are eager to get out, to socialize, and to connect with fellow community members. If you have an idea for a class, program or activity, please contact us at 763-689-6220. We are here to support the community.”