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New Face Joins Community Education Team

In an effort to grow its programming, Big Lake Community Education welcomed a new face to its office team in July, Allen Berg.


Berg will serve in a part-time capacity as the community education program coordinator in which he will oversee the entire community education program, but will focus his time on adult and youth enrichment classes and the district’s child care program.


“I was really excited when I saw the position posted because Big Lake has a great Community Education program that provides many opportunities; there is truly something for everybody,” Berg said. “And I want to diversify my skills in community programs, which this position will allow me to do.”


Prior to coming to Big Lake, Berg was the youth program supervisor for Farmington Community Education. He also served as aquatics supervisor for Farmington.


“Our early education program has grown exponentially over the past few years with adding a program coordinator,” said Brad Schnitlzer, community education director. “We are hoping to achieve that same growth in our youth and adult classes by adding a position with that purpose.”


Berg said his short-term goals are to continue building upon the excellent programs already in place, and to start seeing a move towards more afterschool activities. He also wants to be heavily involved in community programs and organizations.


“You know, after I find my way around the schools and the city,” chuckled Berg.


The new Big Lake resident is currently in graduate school at Saint Mary’s University working towards a master’s degree in educational leadership, and working to obtain his Community Education director’s license from Moorhead State University.