What is Cooperative Extension? Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of The University of Arizona and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), is "Improving Lives and Communities" by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. We are part of a nationwide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. Arizona Cooperative Extension provides a link between the university and the citizens of this state. El Sistema Cooperativo de Extension (PDF)
Vision CALS-CE is a vital national leader in creating and applying knowledge to help people build thriving, sustainable lives, communities and economies.
Mission To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond.
Who We Are Cooperative Extension is a statewide non-formal education network bringing research-based information into communities to help people improve their lives. Today's Cooperative Extension is many things to many people throughout Arizona. As of January 2013, we have…
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What We Do
How We Serve We are unique because our teaching efforts are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Federal Government, the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and each of the counties we serve. With offices in all 15 counties and on 5 tribal reservations, we bring knowledge to people every day to enhance their work and enrich their lives. We are your window to the University.
2012 Phase III Strategic Planning Goals (June 2012)
As Associate Dean and Director, Economic Development & Extension, Jeffrey Silvertooth provides overall administrative leadership to University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. Specifically, he provides overall program leadership and administrative and personnel management for Arizona Cooperative Extension. The Director is also responsible for the development of an effective Extension education program and all related translational and applied research programs that are dedicated to extending knowledge resources to the people of the state. The Director sits on the Executive Council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with three other Associate Deans and the Dean to formulate decisions for the College.
As Assistant Dean, Kirk provides administrative support to the Associate Dean and Director of Extension, taking system-wide leadership in the administration of the human science programs in Extension and providing leadership in the development and implementation of various distance education and social media projects and objectives that are initiated by the Extension Administrative Team.
In his role as Director of 4-H Youth Development, Kirk provides the administrative leadership and management necessary to direct progressive and productive Extension 4-H programs in Arizona. Kirk provides statewide coordination and leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Arizona 4-H Youth Development Program. Arizona 4-H annually reaches more than 180,000 youth through 4-H clubs, school enrichment, before and after-school programs, and special interest activities. In addition, Kirk provides visionary leadership and establishes strategic directions for Arizona 4-H in cooperation with agents, specialists, leaders and youth. He also establishes relationships and develops new partnerships within and outside the University to develop interdisciplinary programs that will address youth issues. Finally, Kirk provides leadership in developing and maintaining effective teamwork among 4-H youth, volunteers and county and state professionals.
Serves as one of two Associate Directors of Extension Programs. Dr. Houtkooper provides leadership for the Family, Consumer and Health Sciences Cooperative Extension programs. Healthy Living, Family and Child Development and Caregiving, and Financial Management are the focus of these programs. Information about these program is available at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Website extension.arizona.edu/state/family-consumer-and-health-sciences.
Dr. Houtkooper represents the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cooperative Extension on University of Arizona initiatives and collaborations. She is an advisor to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through her role as a member of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Subcommittee of the NIFA Nutrition and Health Planning and Guidance Committee.
Dr. Houtkooper is also a faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Department, a Registered Dietitian and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. The focus of her research is the investigation of how nutrition and physical activity affect bone health. Her outreach education programs foster health promotion through healthy eating, physical activity and sports.
Presently, Dr. Martin is serving dual administrative roles as the Interim Director of the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension and as one of two Associate Directors of Extension Programs, providing leadership and support for statewide Extension programming in the area of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). ANR programs cut across the spectrum of educational programs to include Agriculture; Home, Garden and Landscape; Natural Resources and Water. He also serves on the Faculty Senate and represents CALS-CE in regional and national meetings.
Dr. Martin is a faculty member in the Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering Department where his responsibilities lie mainly in the area of agricultural irrigation. Much of his work deals with irrigation water management, crop water use and irrigation scheduling at the field level. A portion of his time is devoted to the Maricopa Agricultural Center where he works with fellow faculty on irrigation related issues and research.
"Service is a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty. When it is all said and done, it comes down to three simple questions: What is right? What is wrong? And what are we going to do about it?"
— President Bill Clinton, upon swearing in the first class of AmeriCorps members
AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It's a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you'll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!
(Taken from AmeriCorps.gov)
AmeriCorps VISTA in Arizona 4-H Youth.
AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps – University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is part of this university-wide effort led by the Graduate College. Wildcat Corps members are located in Extension offices in Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.
For more on AmeriCorps and how you can get involved in Arizona, check out AmeriCorps.gov.