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WVU Extension to offer free, virtual educational opportunities in October
The West Virginia University Extension, in partnership with the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS), is offering a series of virtual classes in October as a part of the “Helpful Hands” Leadership and Enrichment Conference. The courses, which will be offered virtually, are free and open to the public.
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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System
All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.
Putting Knowledge to Work!
West Virginia University Extension works to provide “solutions in your community” through key programs and resources including agriculture, environment and natural resources, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all residents of Brooke County thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners – the Board of Education and County Commission.
- Extension secured four grants totaling $25,000 this year to support education and community development in Brooke County.
- Extension coordinated an Open Market in Follansbee to assist businesses during the pandemic. At least 19 local small businesses participated in the project and gained assistance in marketing and networking efforts from the WVU Extension Office and AmeriCorps VISTA members. The Market turned out to be an amazing 6-week project at a time when many businesses were shutting down and cutting back.
- The Brooke County Extension office has coordinated a West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio collaborative for regional tourism with a 200-member data base from three states and 14 counties. The group has established a website and social media page (Facebook).
- Extension secured an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a second year in service to Brooke County. The AmeriCorps member made significant contributions in local economic and community development, including developing two websites for entrepreneurs to secure technical assistance and funding sources. She also held establish the fall outdoor market.
- Brooke County Extension worked with the Healthy Living Specialist to secure a 4-H mentoring grant to implement mentoring programming at the Alternative Learning Center and Brooke Middle School.
- 4-H camp was held online in partnership with Hancock County during the COVID-19 pandemic. 4-H programming in Brooke County has transitioned to online programming during this time to allow 4-H’ers to participate in 4-H activities.
- Energy Express also adapted and served 40 children through online programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.