Summary of continuing education noncredit activities — FY 2015
|Continuing education unit
This table includes noncredit activities reported through MU continuing education units and does not include contacts by cooperative extension specialists.
* Two other MU Conference Office activities with attendance totaling 1,704 have been distributed among their related academic areas and are represented in the MU Extension unit totals in this table.
|Continuing Medical Education
|Fire and Rescue Training Institute
|Law Enforcement Training Institute
|Missouri Training Institute
|MU Nursing Outreach
|Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
|MU Conference Office*
|4-H Youth Development
|Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
|Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Extension
|Arts and Science
|Business Development Extension
|Community Development Extension
|Human Environmental Sciences Extension
|Conference Office hosted
|Conference Office totals
Osher at Mizzou strengthens community of seniors in mid-Missouri
Senior citizens are one community that all too often flies under most people’s radar, but MU Extension has an entire unit dedicated to providing quality programs, classes and activities for those over the age of 50. As a group, seniors are more prone to social isolation, especially in mid-Missouri where many seniors relocate to be near their loved ones. Osher creates an opportunity for them to gather at classes and activities to join a broader community of their peers.
The MU Extension program recently brought home a national award from a conference of Osher programs in recognition of its eight-part series exploring issues raised by the 2014 events in Ferguson, Mo. The class, taught by Julie Middleton, is just one of many courses that allow seniors to continue learning, exploring and broadening their horizons well past retirement age. And with new classes offered on a seasonal basis, Osher is sure to offer something for everybody.
Educational contacts — FY 2015
||Direct contact total
||Indirect contact total
|Agriculture and Natural Resources
|Human Environmental Sciences
|4-H Youth Development
What do these numbers mean?
Educational contacts is just another way of saying, “Here’s how many people we served this year.” Each program takes a different approach to the question of how to serve the people of Missouri and fulfill the land-grant mission.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agriculture specialists all over Missouri are in regular contact with producers to educate them on the benefits of establishing and maintaining cover crops, which protect soil from erosion and improve soil health.
Human Environmental Sciences
The Family Nutrition Education Programs reach schoolchildren and adults alike in all 114 of Missouri’s counties through classes on how to make better food choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition to holding adult nutrition education classes, many extension specialists also go into classrooms to teach children the importance of nutrition and healthy food choices.
Hundreds of organizations and individuals turn to MU Extension’s business development specialists for help with anything from advising and educating startups to helping existing businesses grow. The Small Business and Technology Development Centers have 38 locations across Missouri to offer local assistance where and when it’s needed.
The Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) team fosters economic growth by advising local leaders and businesses on planning and executing development projects that help their community grow and thrive.
4-H Youth Development
In addition to providing opportunities for STEM education and hands-on experiences in schools all across Missouri, 4-H boasts a dedicated corps of volunteers — many of them former 4-H’ers themselves — that help get young people involved and engaged in 4-H’s myriad programs.
In addition to working face-to-face with local specialists, the extension website allows people to seek out relevant and reliable solutions on their own. In FY 2015, MU Extension's website drew more than 2.7 million unique visitors and had nearly 6.2 million visits.