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Extension County Operations: Organizational Development: CEC Orientation Program

Program Overview

Program Goals

As a result of participation in the program you will:

  • acquire knowledge of the organization
  • develop leadership and management skills necessary to be an effective County Extension Coordinator

Program Content

Learning experiences will be built around the following:

  • Organizational Structure
  • Leadership Development
  • Personnel Management
  • Financial Management
  • Policies / Procedures
  • Resource Development
  • Program Development / Management
  • Reporting / Accountability

Program Components

The County Extension Coordinator Orientation Program consists of the following components:

In-County Orientation with District Extension Director

Your District Extension Director will meet with your during your first month of employment to discuss several topics with you. A checklist of topics is provided. Be sure to note any additional topics you would like your DED to address during your discussions.

Mentor Support

An experienced CEC will be assigned by your DED to assist you during the first year of your appointment. A minimum of three visits will be held. However, your Mentor has agreed to assist you with any questions or concerns you have at any time. Reporting Forms are provided.

Statewide Trainings

During the first year of your appointment you will participate in two statewide trainings with other new CECs. As there is no prerequisite, you will attend them as they occur during the year. Training dates and locations will be sent to you shortly after your appointment.

One session will focus on Working with People. The other will focus on Managing Systems. Both sessions will involve practical application activities.

When You’re Finished...

At the completion of the program you will, hopefully, have received the information you need to effectively serve as County Extension Coordinator with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

If you have questions at any time, or have any suggestions for improving the program for future participants, please contact Dr. Marcie Simpson at