Program summaries

Agriculture and Natural Resources

 Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean and interim vice chancellor, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

 Robert Kallenbach, PhD, program director and assistant dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension serves Missouri’s largest economic driver — agriculture. Its programs benefit all Missourians by enhancing the economic viability of farms, continuing the production of nutritious foods and protecting the environment. The Plant Protection for the 21st Century (IPM) program, for instance, saves crop producers more than $80 million annually through improved pest control and less pesticide use.

Office of Continuing Medical Education and Physician Lifelong Learning (CME/PLL)

 Mannie E. Hall, PhD, EdS, MS, director

CME/PLL serves both MU Extension and the MU School of Medicine by educating physicians and other health care providers to improve the standard of care in Missouri through courses and conferences, such as the Telehealth Summit on changing regulations and emerging trends in this healthcare arena. In FY 2016, CME/PLL offered 1,879 noncredit programs, courses and activities, serving 31,779 participants.

Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI)

 John Worden, director

LETI provides training and education services for Missouri’s 17,000 in-service personnel and police recruits, collaborative programs with agencies from more than 30 states, and presentations to community and civic groups. Programs include advanced animal cruelty investigations training and armed intruder and personal safety response. Students now receive over 700 hours of basic training and certification. With HES, LETI is developing a course to educate officers on recognizing and handling mental health concerns in citizens and within themselves.

Labor Education

 Robert A. Russell, director

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

In FY 2016, the program offered 38 courses and conferences to meet the needs of 891 participants, most of whom are leaders of organizations representing the economic interests of more than 20,000 working people in Missouri and surrounding states.

MU Nursing Outreach

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

Nursing Outreach offers quality, affordable continuing education programs to mainly rural healthcare providers using face-to-face, web-based and online delivery methods. In FY 2016, Nursing Outreach served 2,094 health care professionals and another 881 nurses through co-sponsored multidisciplinary programs.

4-H Center for Youth Development

 Ina Linville, PhD, director

Missouri 4-H programs help young people learn leadership, citizenship and life skills; meet key developmental needs; and pursue educational goals. In FY 2016, programs administered by 4-H reached one in five Missourians ages 5 to 18 — nearly 230,000 participants in every corner of the state. More than 9,000 volunteers contributed on average 200 hours a year — worth nearly $39 million.

MU Conference Office

 Jewel Coffman, director

The MU Conference Office provides professional, full-service meeting management for noncredit educational programs. In FY 2016, the MU Conference Office generated $3.14 million in revenue, organizing 63 conferences for more than 18,300 people in teacher education in math, science and writing; crop management and agricultural lending, as well as well as organizing statewide youth leadership programs.

Business Development

 Steve Devlin, program director and assistant dean for entrepreneurship, College of Engineering

In FY 2016, the Business Development program helped clients start 212 new businesses, create or retain 7,766 jobs, increase sales by more than $186 million, acquire more than $112 million in new financing, and win more than $341 million in government contracts. Over the last three years, the BDP returned $18.9 million of investment into $2.25 billion of economic value for the state.

Community Development

 Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean

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

In FY 2016, Community Development worked with 114 communities and 174 groups to foster economic development and create capacity for sustainable communities and quality jobs. The program helped communities and organizations acquire $2.19 million in grants and other resources and generated more than $205,663 in volunteer hours.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 Kristin Millikan, director

Osher offers lifelong learning opportunities — taught by retired faculty, authors, artists and world travelers — that appeal to adults age 50 and better. With a growing retiree population, Osher is poised to expand in the coming years. In FY 2016, Osher offered 127 courses with 2,324 participants.

Missouri Training Institute

 Dewey Thompson, director

The Missouri Training Institute provides continuing education programs in business, as well as customized training programs and consulting services for business and industry, public and nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The institute offers programs in human resource management, team building, decision-making, strategic planning and leadership. In FY 2016, 11,997 people enrolled in the institute’s 421 programs.

MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI)

 Dave Hedrick, director

MU FRTI provides continuing professional education and training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. Courses also prepare firefighters for medical emergencies, hazardous materials response and disaster preparedness and mitigation. In FY 2016, MU FRTI trained 13,828 firefighters and emergency responders from 1,360 departments, organizations and agencies throughout all 114 Missouri counties.

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 and programs in housing, personal finance, relationships, nutrition, health and physical activity. In FY 2016, the program reached more than 1 million Missourians in all 114 counties. In extension-related food and nutrition programs alone, 179 schools enrolled in the HealthierUS School Challenge, 480 child care providers learned about Let’s Move! or Eat Smart Child Care options, and 1,361 Missourians learned how to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget.

Veterinary Medical Extension and Continuing Education

 Craig Payne, DVM, coordinator

Veterinary Medical Extension (VMECE) provides up-to-date information to veterinarians and livestock owners on issues such as disease risks, rising input costs and regulations that impact farming operations. In FY 2016, VMECE also presented at more than 70 meetings to educate animal owners, veterinarians, farm stores and feed distributors about changes in antibiotic access and labeling, effective in 2017, that may impact animal health and operating expenses.