Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is thanking partners across the state and promoting its educational programs during a statewide celebration this month. ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 25-31, 2012 includes activities both on the Iowa State campus, as well as at county offices.
"The weeklong celebration is just one way we can say 'thank you' to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support Extension work in Iowa," says Cathann Kress, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will officially sign a proclamation on March 27 declaring the dates as Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week.
The week's events include open houses and activities hosted by ISU Extension county offices. Extension faculty and staff on campus also will be sharing their stories. Iowans may contact their county office for details about local events.
"As a land-grant university, Iowa State was founded on three big ideas: to open higher education to all, to teach practical classes and to share knowledge far beyond the campus borders," Kress says. "ISU Extension and Outreach is dedicated to providing education that makes a difference in Iowans' everyday lives."
Extension is part of an educational network geared to helping Iowans
Extension is part of an educational network supported by ISU, local county governments and the USDA. Every county extension district in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how local tax dollars are spent to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level. ISU Extension and Outreach delivers through five program areas aligned with Iowa State University colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.
"ISU Extension and Outreach anticipates emerging issues and trends so Iowans can thrive and succeed," Kress says. "We act in catalytic ways to create opportunities and build relationships, and we stay for the long haul to be there when needs arise. We are committed to Iowans and plan to be a vital part of Iowa's future."
"Last year about 1.8 million people, including almost 94,000 youth, benefited from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs. We want to make sure everyone knows that Extension is dedicated to helping Iowans," says Terry Maloy, president of the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils (IACEC). "ISU Extension and Outreach addresses local issues with research-based information and education to help people make better decisions in their personal, community and professional lives."