Adapted from an article by Warren County's 2009 Summer Intern Allison Steele:
I'm sure that many of you have never heard of Virginia Cooperative Extension or VCE. I know I hadn't until I started working with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Warren County office; and the thought is either you know everything about extension...or you don't have a clue what extension is. I'm hoping that in reading this article, you will receive a firmer grasp of what Extension really is, and how they help Virginian's on a daily basis.
Virginia Cooperative Extension's mission states that they enable people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs.
VCE says "Building on the strength of our agriculture, natural resource, family and consumer heritage, we enable people to shape their futures through research based educational programs. Recognizing that knowledge is power, we serve people where they live and work. Audiences are involved in designing, implementing and evaluating needs-driven programs. We are a dynamic organization which stimulates positive personal and societal change leading to more productive lives, families, farms, and forests, as well as a better environment in urban and rural communities."
Virginia Cooperative Extension has chosen to operate in a certain way. To give you some examples...They respond to the needs of not only individuals, but to groups and organizations as well. They try and minimize administrative costs and direct their resources to educational programming. VCE has also vowed to have an open and positive administrative environment. This environment was set up based on keeping a type of leadership that maintains organizational integrity; yet still providing many opportunities for all their staff members to fully reach their potential. Virginia Cooperative Extension always strives to help Virginian's.
Extension is composed of four different program areas. They are as follows: Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), 4-H Youth Development (4-H), and Community Viability (CV). Each subject is composed of its' own individual tasks and responsibilities.
For a list of Extension Agents that serve your county and other resources, visit the VCE website at http://www.ext.vt.edu/. Become an extended member of the Extension family!