Program summaries, page 2

Labor Education

Paul Rainsberger, JD, director

In FY 2014 the MU Extension Labor Education program worked with 773 members and leaders of organizations that represent the economic interests of some 25,000 employees in Missouri and neighboring states to help them develop skills to contribute to their organizations, act effectively in the workplace, and become 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 2014, the Business Development program helped clients start 227 new businesses, create or retain 9,005 jobs, increase sales by more than $224 million, acquire more than $166 million in new financing, pursue and acquire $8.7 million in research grant awards, win 4,235 local, state and federal government contracts totaling more than $303 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.

In FY 2014, the institute trained firefighters representing 113 of Missouri’s 114 counties for a total enrollment of 13,958 fire and emergency responders.

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 66 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

Don Nicholson, 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.

Continuing Medical Education and Cooperative Extension Health Education

Kathleen Quinn, PhD, interim director

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.

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.