Program summaries

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean

Robert Kallenbach, PhD, program director and assistant dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension is built on Missouri’s diverse natural and human resources and its sophisticated business base. The Grazing Schools program continued this year, with an estimated annual economic impact of $83.6 million.

Office of Continuing Medical Education and Physician Lifelong Learning (CME/PLL)

Mannie E. Hall, PhD, EdS, MS, director

CME/PLL serves both MU Extension and the MU School of Medicine by educating physicians and other health care providers to improve the standard of care in Missouri. In FY 2015, CME/PLL offered 1,678 noncredit programs, courses and activities.

4-H Center for Youth Development

Ina Linville, PhD, director

Missouri 4-H programs help young people learn leadership, citizenship and life skills, and meet key developmental needs and pursue educational goals. In FY 2015, 4-H programs reached more than 260,000 young people ages 5 to 18 in every corner of the state.

Business Development

Steve Devlin, program director and associate dean, entrepreneurship and economic development, College of Engineering

In FY 2015, the Business Development program helped clients start 213 new businesses, create or retain 3,268 jobs, increase sales by more than $157 million and acquire more than $99.6 million in new financing.

Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI)

John Worden, director

LETI develops and provides state-of-the-art training and education programs to law enforcement officers and civilians alike. The institute continues to provide training and education services for Missouri’s 20,000 in-service personnel and 3,000 police recruits.

MU Conference Office

Jewel Coffman, director

The MU Conference Office provides high-quality, professional, full-service meeting management for a variety of noncredit educational programs. In FY 2015, the MU Conference Office organized 63 conferences for more than 20,000 people.

Human Environmental Sciences

Jo Britt-Rankin, PhD, program director and associate dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences

Human Environmental Sciences Extension improves Missourians’ quality of life with face-to-face and Web- and Internet-based education that touches on many aspects of day-to-day life. In FY 2015, the program reached more than 1 million Missourians in all 114 counties with programs in housing, personal finance, relationships, nutrition, health and physical activity.

MU Nursing Outreach

Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, director and assistant dean, Sinclair School of Nursing

Nursing Outreach keeps Missouri nurses up-to-date with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively provide care and fully participate in the state’s health care efforts. In FY 2015, Nursing Outreach helped 1,821 health care professionals and another 962 nurses through co-sponsored multidisciplinary programs.

Community Development

Marc Linit, PhD, associate dean

Mary Simon Leuci, EdD, program director and assistant dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Community Development program helps communities tap into local strengths by focusing on leadership development, decision-making, economic viability, inclusion and empowerment and emergency preparedness. In FY 2015, the program helped communities and organizations acquire $6.01 million in grants and other resources and generated more than $900,000 in volunteer hours.

MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI)

Dave Hedrick, director

MU FRTI provides comprehensive continuing professional education and training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. In addition to fire training, courses prepare firefighters for medical emergencies, hazardous materials response and disaster preparedness and mitigation. In FY 2015, MU FRTI trained firefighters representing all 114 Missouri counties for a total enrollment of 13,005 fire and emergency responders.

Veterinary Medical Extension and Continuing Education

Craig Payne, DVM, director

Veterinary Medical Extension focuses on issues, such as disease risks, rising input costs and regulations, that affect the viability of farming operations and have far-reaching effects on Missouri veterinarians and livestock owners.

In FY 2015, the program presented information about production-related topics or animal diseases to more than 1,500 people at 30 different meetings across the state and conducted farm visits for in-person consultations on issues affecting a variety of livestock operations.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Kristin Millikan, director

Osher offers lifelong learning opportunities for the community of seniors in mid-Missouri in a broad array of interests, subjects and topics. With a growing senior population, Osher has plans to expand in the coming years.

In FY 2015, Osher offered more than 100 courses, social activities and service opportunities to 505 members.

Missouri Training Institute

Alan St. John, director

The Missouri Training Institute provides continuing education programs in business, customized training programs and consulting services for business and industry, public and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.

The institute offers programs covering a diverse set of business practices, such as human resource management, team building, decision-making and leadership, to name a few. In FY 2015, the institute held 427 programs and served a total of 10,249 people.

Labor Education

Paul Rainsberger, JD, interim director

The Labor Education Program works with members and leaders of a variety of workplace-based organizations across Missouri to help them develop valuable skills, act effectively in the workplace, and be informed and active participants in their communities.

In FY 2015, the program offered 38 courses and conferences to meet the needs of 891 participants, the majority of whom are leaders of organizations representing the economic interests of more than 20,000 working people in Missouri and surrounding states.