Smith-Lever is 100!
This year, West Virginia University Extension Service joins with other Extension services and land-grant universities across the nation to celebrate its centennial. Indeed, our faculty agents, specialists, and staff are the “extension” of the University, and our WVU Extension county offices are the front door to the university in all 55 West Virginia counties.
The Extension formula works! Our local experts bring the trusted research of the University to citizens in every county. This centennial year in West Virginia, one in four young people more than 80,000 will learn life skills and create lifelong friendships through our nationally recognized 4-H program. We’ll train firefighters and emergency responders, provide educational information to landowners, and teach individuals and families how to shop for and prepare healthy meals. We’ll show farmers and other citizens new ways to produce and increase their income. And we’ll provide training to community leaders, local government officials, business owners, and entrepreneurs to strengthen our small towns and communities and provide jobs. Thousands of our citizens will connect with us through our online educational information.
People in Your Community…Knowledge at Your Doorstep
Our Preston County Extension office provides aid to farmers, gardeners, and homeowners, but also local educational programs for area families and youth, businesses, and communities. On our web site you will find Extension Service related information on all of these subjects. When in doubt, you can always call our office or e-mail us.WVU’s Preston County Extension Office is part of the national land-grant system. Each office has the same mission as its foundation: to help people put knowledge to work. On our web site, we also link you to eXtension, a national clearinghouse on Extension Service information, gathered by over 3000 Extension Agents across the United States.
Each WVU Extension Office can provide the public with information on many topics from many resources. The Preston County Extension Office faculty and staff provide assistance and educational programs in the following areas: Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H & Youth Development, Families & Health, and Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS). To meet and support the needs of local people and communities, county faculty and staff involve local residents in developing and leading specific programs and activities.
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.