Cooperative Extension's future?

Strategic planning sessions next week
Nov. 15, 2013 @ 04:28 AM

North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) is seeking input from citizens across the state as it launches a strategic planning initiative for the future.  The organization is approaching its centennial year and wants to ensure a plan for the next 100 years that reflects the excellence and impacts for which Cooperative Extension Is known.

With recurring federal and state budget cuts a constant reality, it is imperative that Cooperative Extension adapt successfully to the economic environment while maintaining its mission to provide high quality educational programs that meet the needs of N.C. citizens.

In an effort to be proactive and face these challenges head-on, Cooperative Extension is holding a series of listening sessions across the state.  At these sessions, Dr. Joe Zublena, Director of NCCE, will update citizens on progress and engage participants in discussion about the organization's future.  

The listening sessions that are close to Rutherford County will be held on Nov. 19 from 1-3 p .m. at the Burke County Extension Center in Morganton and on Nov.21 from 1-3 pm at the Extension Research Station in Mills River. A van will be traveling from the Rutherford County Extension office both days. 

"We encourage you to attend one of these sessions to provide your input," said Jeff Bradley, county extension director.

Anyone who wishes to go should call the extension office at 287-6010 by 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 to register for the session.

"I cannot state enough the importance of this endeavor and the need for participation and feedback from the public.  At Cooperative Extension's core are people and communities, and it's their input we need to ensure another century of educational services for the people of North Carolina", said Zublena.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension provides educational programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Community Development.

 NCCE was founded in 1914 as part of the Smith-Lever Act and will officially turn 100 on May 8, 2014.

The organization will officially turn 100 on May 8, 2014.  NCCE is part of N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a national Cooperative Extension network.

 NCCE partners with county governments and NC A&T State University to provide educational programs that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians.  .

For more information, contact Rutherford County Cooperative Extension at 287-6010.