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Extension Academy for Professional Excellence

ExTEND

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Transitioning Extension to New Dimensions

Over the past few years UGA Extension has undergone tremendous change.  Because of retirements and reassignments, we have had significant changes in our leadership at the state, district and county levels.  This is a trend, not only in Georgia, but throughout the nation.

Because of a large number of retirements, and the hiring of large numbers of new faculty and staff in recent years, our employees are assuming more responsibility early in their careers. In addition, societal changes continue to impact clientele needs, program delivery, and strategies which achieve positive impact.

Extension administration is committed to proactive planning to meet these changes. The continued development of a pool of competent, prepared leaders is a top priority.

In an effort to prepare for the future, ExTEND provides an opportunity for Extension Academy graduates who have a serious interest in furthering their professional leadership development and making a significant contribution to Georgia Extension. As a follow-up to the Extension Academy for Professional Excellence, ExTEND is based on the same program objectives and participant commitment, but with an in-depth, individualized focus.

The sixteen-month program, from December, 2014 – May, 2016, includes required professional development sessions as well as self-directed activities based on individual interests and goals as part of a Personal Action Plan. Participants contribute to planning content to assure that the program is relevant to the needs and interests of the group and each individual. They also contribute to the development and implementation of the future Extension Academy and ExTEND classes.

ExTEND Application

https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_77Br1RfuHVVLpcN

Reference Form

https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1M2w8jkxG3YX4zz

No Additional reference letter is necessary.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

TRAINING SESSIONS

  • Session One: Dec. 1-3, 2014
      • Focus on Understanding our Organization, Athens
  • Session Two: March 18-20, 2015
      • Focus on Individual/Team Development, Savannah
  • Session Three: May 27-29, 2015
      • Focus on Leading and Managing Change and Crisis Communication, Griffin
  • Session Four: August 26-28, 2015
      • Focus on Interpersonal Relationships, Young Harris
  • Session Five: November 17-19, 2015
      • Focus on the Power of Project Management, Tifton
  • Session Six: February 2-5, 2016
      • Focus on Funding and Public Policy, Atlanta

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Participants will travel internationally to Ecuador April 16-25, 2016 to assist with expanding extension capacity in 24 provinces. Agriculture is 30% of the GDP and 14% of the labor force. Bananas are the number one export with coffee and cocoa, sugar cane, fresh cut flowers, and small scale crops also contributing to economic impact.

PERSONAL ACTION PLAN

Each participant develop their Personal Action Plan as a living document, identifying goals, strategies and action steps for their personal professional development. Actions include completion of a project or experience such as:

  • Job shadowing
  • Attending professional development seminar(s) with follow-up application
  • Internship with a person in a position of interest
  • Completion of Extension project identified by administration

MENTOR SUPPORT

Each participant is assigned an experienced mentor to provide guidance and support during the program. The participant is accountable to the Mentor for completing Personal Action Plan strategies.

OPTIONAL DISCUSSIONS / GROUP ACTIVITIES

Additional opportunities focusing on other subjects of interest to certain participants as part of their Personal Action Plan are arranged. Sessions may are held by conference call, web technology, reading assignments, or other means as determined.

PARTICIPANT COMMITMENT

In addition to the original program commitment, participants are expected to complete all required program components. In the event of an excused absence an alternate assignment will be made.

After completion of the program participants submit a brief summary report to administration. Participants may be asked to make presentations to select groups upon request.

In addition, opportunities to present reports to national associations, publish in related journals are encouraged.

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PARTICIPANTS from ExTEND 2015 Class

ExTEND 2015 Class

Row 1 (L-R): Sadie Brown, Amanda Tedrow, Sonja Jones, Ellen Bauske, Sunshine Jordan, Kisha Faulk, Tammy Cheely, Lauren Griffeth; Row 2 (L-R): Melanie Biersmith, Cliff Riner, Shane Curry, Steve Morgan, Susan Yearwood, Angela Rowell, Todd Hurt, Christa Campbell, and Susan Howington.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact:  

Dr. Lauren L. Griffeth

706-542-4753

lauren1@uga.edu


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