Ankeny's Community Engagement Department: Rebranding
Posted by Anne Lundquist on 11/9/2018
Last year, Ankeny Community School District’s community education department rebranded to become community engagement. The department works within Ankeny schools to provide resources for students and opportunities for the community. For Community Engagement Manager Kim Moyle and the department’s advisory council, this was a significant rebranding.
“We’re not just about educating the community,” Moyle said. “It’s about, how do we get the community involved?”
Moyle said that too often, the focus of the department and the community’s perception of the work they do has been only on the courses they facilitated. Moyle said that the advisory council wanted to shed light on their efforts of serving Ankeny and getting people involved. The rebranding to community engagement better encompasses all the department has to offer.
The program provides and facilitates a number of classes, services, and supplemental education programs. Classes are available for all ages, from STEM classes for elementary students to fitness classes for adults.
The department’s learner-centered programs and services connect with business, civic, and community organizations to create lifelong enrichment and service opportunities to help strengthen the Ankeny community through its students - the future workforce.
Another area of focus is matching resources from local not-for-profit organizations with the district’s students. It is the goal of community engagement to make sure every student can succeed. No matter a student’s social or financial barriers. Moyle wants to send students out the doors of the high school at their very best, and into a situation where they can thrive and better their world.
“Our bottom line is helping students. Students first and foremost, and then we want to be a resource for the community,” Moyle said.
Left to right: Tricia Fogarty, Kim Moyle, and Heidi Palkovic of the district's Community Engagement department.