With its centennial celebration only months away, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a series of 12 listening sessions across the state this November and December. According to the organization’s press release, Cooperative Extension provides education programs in 4-H, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and Community Development to citizens in all of the state’s 100 counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Through these listening sessions, the organization hopes to gain public input on Cooperative Extension’s future.
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914, in conjunction with the National Cooperative Extension System, as part of the Smith-Lever Act. The organization will officially turn 100 on May 8, 2014.
N.C. Cooperative Extension Service director Dr. Joe Zublena is scheduled to attend each session to update and engage participants in discussion regarding the organization’s future.
“I cannot state enough the importance of this endeavor and the need for participation and feedback from the public,” Zublena said in a press release. “At Cooperative Extension’s core are people and communities, and it’s their input we need to ensure another century of educational services for the people of North Carolina.”
The closest Listening Session to Lincoln County will be held in Morganton at the Extension Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in attending the session should call Joyce Dorsey at (704) 736-8452 or email her at Joyce_M_Dorsey@ncsu.edu.