At the recent annual meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension, I reported on the past year’s growth and changes in the delivery of high impact programming by our tremendous staff. We, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County, have a history as a part of America’s national system of informal adult education with over 100 years of success as an agency of change. This continues to be a vital role for us.
Whether it’s helping farmers adopt the latest agricultural techniques or working with families and schools to combat childhood obesity, CCE has been engaged in a wide variety of educational outreach efforts involving food systems, agricultural businesses, natural resources, sustainable energy, 4-H Youth Development, nutrition and economic development.
CCE Franklin continues to deliver high-end informal education fulfilling Cornell’s land grant mission by connecting academic research with community needs with programs like:
Many of our successes are due to our remarkable partnerships and collaborations:
We cannot rest on our laurels. We will continue the primary role of Cooperative Extension to educate; to provide innovative, adult educational programs focusing on changing attitudes as a means of changing behavior.
Changes in society, technology and people’s attitudes compel us to rethink how we do things. We live in a time of an explosion of information. Our challenge is to not be mere disseminators of information, but professional educators with a developed expertise to help interpret and synthesize the information in practical ways.
Reaching people and counting attendance numbers is not, in itself, enough. Information alone does not solve problems, informed people do. People want to know how to put information and knowledge to work for themselves. They want to know how to apply information to help them solve specific problems. And we, Extension staff, naturally and easily fill this role.
As I stated at the beginning, Cooperative Extension, has a history as America’s national system of informal adult education; as an agency of change. This continues to be a vital role for us.
Last updated October 23, 2015