Darrell A. Dromgoole, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Jeff Ripley, Associate Director- County Operations, Texas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Scott Cummings, Associate Department Head and Program Leader; Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Success in Extension does not happen by accident- it happens by design. It is critical that Extension educators have the ability to plan, implement, evaluate, interpret Extension educational programs as well as have technical expertise. All of these skills are predicated on the Extension educator’s ability to build relationships and partnerships, develop or enhance technical skills and their expertise in executing the Extension program development model. There are several steps Extension educators can take in order to realize some “early wins “and lay the foundation for future success. These steps can be compartmentalized into some broad categories which include relationship and partnership building, subject matter expertise, and engagement of the program development process.
In this blog post, we will review some steps that will enhance the Extension Educators ability to build meaningful and productive relationships and partnerships. Today’s contemporary county-based Extension programs benefit from over 100 years of visibility, especially with respect to institutional and political relations at the county level.
Extension educators can enhance their visibility and creditability early in their careers by taking the following steps associated with developing important relationships in the county:
These steps will enable new Extension educators to begin to develop their professional network that leads to positive partnerships, more effective programming and advocacy for Extension. In the upcoming Next Step to Success for New Extension educators blogs, we will discuss how new agents can enhance their subject matter expertise.