MU Extension program summaries

Discover how MU Extension programs and continuing education help improve the lives of Missourians.

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean
David Baker, program director and assistant dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The MU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension program is built upon Missouri’s diverse array of natural and human resources and its sophisticated business base.

The central goal of the program is to improve quality of life, enhance the economic viability of Missouri enterprise and, at the same time, protect the environment and the state’s natural resources for all Missourians.

MU Nursing Outreach

Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, director and assistant dean, Sinclair School of Nursing

MU Nursing Outreach provides high-quality, affordable and accessible professional development programs for Missouri’s nurses. With the half-life of nursing knowledge being less than five years, it is crucial for professional nurses to have the latest, evidence-based knowledge and skills.

In addition to Nursing Outreach’s own educational activities, which served 2,905 nurses and other health care providers, another 1,182 nurses participated in co-sponsored multidisciplinary programs with MU Extension’s Continuing Medical Education program.

Community Development

Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean
Mary Simon Leuci, EdD, program director and assistant dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Community Development program helps Missourians and their communities tap into local strength by focusing on five major themes: leadership development, decision making, economic viability, inclusion and empowerment, and emergency preparedness.

In FY 2013, the program helped communities and organizations

  • acquire $10.8 million in grants and other resources,
  • create 43 new nonprofit organizations, and
  • enact organizational policies and plans in 24 communities.

Human Environmental Sciences

Jo Britt-Rankin, PhD, program director and associate dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences

Human Environmental Sciences Extension provides Missourians with face-to-face, Web- and Internet-based education to help build stronger futures and healthier lives.

In FY 2013, the program reached more than 600,000 Missourians in all 114 counties with programs in housing, personal finance, relationships, nutrition, health and physical activity.

4-H Center for Youth Development

Ina Metzger Linville, PhD, director

For more than a century, 4-H programs have helped young Missourians learn leadership, citizenship and life skills, meet key developmental needs and pursue educational goals.

During FY 2013, 4-H programs reached 276,921 young people ages 5 to 18 in every corner of the state — one out of every five Missourians in this age group. 4-H provides a great return on investment. Each dollar of public resources invested in Missouri 4-H leverages $12.75 to serve young people and families statewide.

Labor Education

Paul Rainsberger, JD, director

The MU Extension Labor Education program works with members and leaders of a variety of workplace-based organizations across Missouri to help them develop skills to contribute to their organizations, to act effectively in the workplace, and to be informed and active participants in their communities.

Business Development

Steve Devlin, program director and associate dean, entrepreneurship and economic development, College of Engineering

During FY 2013 the Business Development program helped clients:

  • start 261 new businesses,
  • create or retain 9,328 jobs,
  • increase sales by more than $188 million,
  • acquire more than $213 million in new financing,
  • pursue and acquire $1.4 million in research grant awards, and
  • win 3,271 local, state and federal government contracts totaling more than $195 million.

Fire and Rescue Training Institute

David E. Hedrick, director

MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute provides comprehensive continuing professional education and training to Missouri fire service, emergency responders and allied personnel.

As one of only eight fire training systems housed within a university in the United States, FRTI maintains a prominent reputation as one of the leading statewide fire training systems.

Law Enforcement Training Institute

John Worden, director

The Law Enforcement Training Institute develops and provides state-of-the-art training and education programs to law enforcement practitioners, civilian professionals and laypersons.

For 65 years, the institute’s faculty and affiliated professionals have provided basic pre-service and specialty in-service instruction to both law enforcement academy students and veteran officers who serve in local, state and national public safety.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Lucille D. Salerno, PhD, director

MU Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute delivers quality courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult. Many over-50 adults enjoy learning for the pleasure of learning. And the institute realizes that older citizens need intellectually stimulating courses that fulfill this need.

Courses are led by cutting-edge professionals and active and emeritus MU research professors in a learner-friendly style.

Engineering Continuing Education

Mary A. Myers, PhD, director

The MU Engineering Continuing Education program provides timely programs uniting MU College of Engineering and MU Extension resources for Missouri’s professional engineering community.

The Pollution Prevention (P2) program epitomizes MU Extension’s mission. It prepares the next generation; it engages Missouri companies; it conserves raw materials and natural resources; it emphasizes occupational health and safety; it demonstrates applied problem solving at its best.

Continuing Medical Education and Cooperative Extension Health Education

Allison Rentfro, PhD, director
Molly Vetter Smith, state health education specialist

The Continuing Medical Education program works to improve the health literacy of Missourians by developing, implementing and evaluating both clinic-based and community-based chronic disease prevention and self-management interventions.

Missouri Training Institute

Alan St. John, director

The Missouri Training Institute, housed in MU’s Trulaske College of Business, is an MU Extension program that provides continuing education, custom-designed training programs and business consulting services for business and industry, public and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.

Training programs cover human resource management, supervision, management, leadership, team building, effective decision making, generational differences and business writing. Consulting services include human resources, strategic planning, board development and board retreats.

Veterinary Medical Extension and Continuing Education

Craig Payne, DVM, director

Veterinary Medical Extension and Continuing Education collaborates with organizations, industry and other MU faculty to provide educational opportunities and up-to-date information for veterinarians and animal owners.

The program addresses issues that have widespread impact on Missouri veterinarians and livestock owners.

MU Conference Office

Jewel Coffman, interim director

The MU Conference Office was created in 1963 to provide high-quality, professional, full-service meeting management for a variety of noncredit educational programs such as conferences, workshops, seminars and symposia.

Whether a meeting is hosted on the MU campus, elsewhere in Missouri or anywhere in the world, the office’s professional staff helps create the best learning environment for participants.