Extension educator taking on new role
The longtime 4-H educator for Lincoln, Logan and McPherson counties is transitioning to a new position with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
Brenda Aufdenkamp, who has been 4-H educator in the area since 1998, will continue to be based in North Platte. Her new focus is food, nutrition and health education, and her coverage area has expanded to include Keith, Perkins and Arthur counties.
The university is accepting applications for the 4-H educator position.
Aufdenkamp said she will provide educational programs to area schools, youth in the university’s 4-H program and adults. She will teach ServSafe certification classes for restaurant managers and employees, too, relieving some of the load of educators who have come from outside the area to provide the service.
This new position will increase opportunities for people in the area to receive this type of education, Aufdenkamp said. She will coordinate her activities with the university’s Nutrition Education Program but will not be limited to schools or audiences in low-income areas. She will reach out to schools that have not had such opportunities in the past.