Carey Williams, Equine Extension Specialist, Rutgers University and member of the HorseQuest Community of Practice, gave a presentation about eXtension to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEE) in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 29.
Her presentation was one in a series given by various CES professionals intended to inform the NAREEE Board of the impact of today’s Cooperative Extension program. Carey explained the role and mission of eXtension, the impact Communities of Practice are having in serving the educational needs of Communities of Interest, and how her work in the HorseQuest Community of Practice is benefitting her and other CES colleagues. The NAREEE Board quickly recognized the importance of eXtension in terms of reach, engagement with new audiences, access to “best of the best” content and programs.
Fred Cholick, Dean & Director College of Agriculture, Kansas State University, who was responsible for organizing the overall CES presentation for the Board, said afterwards the Board appreciated learning how Cooperative Extension is making difference for all citizens and that it is changing with the times, which was not uniformly believed by several board members prior to the presentation.