Career Ladder Timeline

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Cooperative Extension  Program agents implement innovative and contemporary programs that meet the needs of local clientele and communities.  These programs result in measurable outcomes that truly “Make a Difference”.  One of the methods agents are recognized and rewarded for effective programming is through the County Extension Agent Career Ladder […]

Debriefing Following Program Excellence Academy and Extension Foundations

Extension Foundations and Session I and Session II of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Program Excellence Academy was held on April 14, 2014 to April 17, 2014 in College Station, Texas. This training venue provided these new agents with in-depth training that will enable them to be more effective earlier in their career. Some the the […]

A Growth Mentality

How do we grow the number of people we reach? The population of Texas is growing at a rapid pace, as is the population of the nation and the world. If Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is to remain relevant, we must think about methodologies aimed at growing the number of people we reach. Our success […]

Program Excellence Academy and Extension Foundations to be Conducted in College Station April 14 to April 17, 2014

It has been historically recognized that professional development is essential to the success of Extension. Prawl, Medlin, and Gross (1984) reported that Extension faculty training and development is critical because the effectiveness of educational programmatic outreach efforts is linked to the abilities of the Extension agent. Program excellence is predicated on the fundamental principle that […]

Meeting Provisions of Fair Labor Standard Act with Internships

In the summer of 2014, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host a number college interns. These interns are a tremendous value to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service but there are several factors that must be met in order for these students to be classified as interns rather than employees. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage […]

Preparing to Host Interns During the Summer of 2014 Begins with a Plan!

In the summer of 2014, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host a number college interns. Research indicates that providing college students with meaningful internship opportunities with employers increases the chance that they will stay in that career field after graduation. It is important that District Extension Administrators and County Extension Directors take time to carefully […]

Accountability Matters- Coaching with Consequences

Dave Anderson (2001) contended that an organization’s ability to reach its potential is contingent upon the performance field managers get from their agents. This is especially true within Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service where our product which is education is primarily delivered by our educators. However, too many times our field managers coach without consequences.  […]

Accountability Matters-2nd Quarter Reports Due March 7th

Effective Extension educational work requires that reports be timely, accurate, concise, and complete. Reporting is an element of Extension work that some agents will tell you is not the most favorite part of their job. Some County Extension Agents do an excellent job of programming, but fail to capture their accomplishments in monthly reports. John […]

Interpreting Programs to Newly Elected Officials

A prerequisite to effectively implementing any of the components related to our Making a Difference Interpretation Initiative is establishing effective working relationships with the elected officials on the part of agents and central managers. With the primary elections on March 4 there will be many outcomes of races in Texas determined which will result in […]

Reminder-Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Announces 2014 Summer Internship Program

Research shows that college students involved in meaningful internship opportunities with Extension significantly increases the chance that they will stay in that career field after graduation. In support of Administrative Priority to Improve Recruitment and Retention, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is launching our 2014 Summer Internship Program. Students can review information about this program as […]