North Carolina extension undergoing a makeover

02/27/2014 09:16:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

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North Carolina extension undergoing a makeover

N.C. State University’s extension service is undergoing a reorganization.

Preparing to celebrate its 100th year, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service formed a “visioning team” comprised of about 50 extension employees, county government partners and volunteer leaders.

The group met in January to review input gleaned from public listening sessions and online comments.

During the planning sessions, team members reviewed input members received from listening session conversations and developed the information into “big ideas” for designing extension’s future, according to a news release.

The group met Feb. 18-20 in Raleigh, N.C., to continue consolidating and crafting priorities into recommendations.

Other meetings are scheduled for March 12-13 and April 15-17.

“The visioning team has begun crafting a plan that will better position our organization for long-term success and sustainability,” Joe Zublena, extension service director, said in the release. “The energy, passion and ideas the team brought to the January planning meetings were nothing short of inspiring. We are that much closer to our goal because of the hard work that every one of them put into this effort.”

The extension service created a video to highlight parts of the listening session process and the work of the visioning team: and more information on the initiative is found at

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