Program summaries

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 builds on Missouri’s wealth of natural and human resources and its sophisticated business base.

In partnership with NRCS and the soil and water districts, the program held 26 Grazing Schools this year. The economic impact resulting from the adoption of pasture renovation practices taught in these schools is estimated at $83.6 million.

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 primarily for Missouri’s nurses, but also for social workers, dietitians and health educators, among other health care professionals. With a half-life in nursing knowledge of less than five years, professional nurses benefit from the latest in evidence-based knowledge and skills.

In FY 2014, Nursing Outreach’s educational activities served 1,889 nurses and other health care providers, and another 944 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 strengths by focusing on five major themes: leadership development, decision-making, economic viability, inclusion and empowerment and emergency preparedness.

For example, the ExCEED program has created or retained 1,672 jobs, attracted 21,101 volunteer hours valued at $256,170 and attracted more than $55 million in business loans and investments in FY 2014.

Human Environmental Sciences

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

Human Environmental Sciences Extension improves Missourians’ quality of life with face-to-face and Web- and Internet-based education that touches on many aspects of day-to-day life.

In FY 2014, the program reached more than 880,000 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, Missouri 4-H programs have helped young people learn leadership, citizenship and life skills, as well as meet key developmental needs and pursue educational goals.

In FY 2014, 4-H programs reached more than 290,000 youths ages 5 to 18 in every corner of the state; that translates to 1 in 5 Missourians in this age group. 4-H also provides a great return on investment, with each dollar of public resources invested in Missouri 4-H leveraging $8.66 to serve young people and families statewide.

Missouri Training Institute

Alan St. John, director

The Missouri Training Institute, housed in MU’s Trulaske College of Business, provides continuing education, custom-designed training programs and business consulting services for business, 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.