Local 4-H agent completes extension faculty development academy

Published on November 21, 2014 with No Comments

Prudence Caskey, (front left), Santa Rosa County 4-H Agent, recently participated in two orientation and training sessions for new county extension faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville, will be publicly recognized at a statewide extension conference next August and will receive a Certificate of Completion from Dr. Nick Place, Dean for the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

The two multi-day training sessions were held in Gainesville over a six-month period. The sessions provided new faculty in UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with a detailed overview of UF’s statewide Extension Service, which has offices in all 67 counties. Faculty also completed six hours of online work focused on building teaching and learning expertise, which complemented the face to face trainings, and participated in two online seminars.

Place said the training is designed to increase faculty understanding of their roles and responsibilities as a UF county faculty member. The training helps new faculty build the skills they will use when designing and delivering educational programs, so that those programs will have a significant positive impact on addressing local and statewide needs.

“In addition to training, the sessions help faculty develop their individual plans of work focused in their areas of expertise,” he said. “This has resulted in greater knowledge, understanding and skill development – things that translate into more effective programs for residents of Florida.”

UF/IFAS Extension, based in Gainesville, provides a wide range of educational programs for residents in both rural and urban areas. Faculty provide residents and producers with expertise in areas such as agriculture, nutrition, financial management, youth development, environmental horticulture, community development, and natural resource management.

For more information about UF/IFAS Extension programs in Santa Rosa County 4-H, please call Prudence Caskey at (850) 623-3868.

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