LCO Develops Extension Program

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Ojibwa Community College (Hayward, Wis.) is developing an extension program in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Office. Under a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program will provide non-classroom, informal educational services or technical assistance to the community.

Leslie Ramczyk, director of Project GROWTH, will work with Dave Berard, community resources developer of the county extension office, and with the community to make the program reflect local needs. Sitting on the planning committee will be a member from the LCO Board of Regents, active tribal elders, professionals, and other community members. A community-wide assessment will prioritize targeted areas: agriculture; community resource and economic development; family development and resource management; 4-H and youth development; leadership and volunteer development; natural resources and environmental management; or nutrition, diet and health. “The needs of community members vary so drastically, it’s hard to say what will come up,” Ramczyk says.

The extension program will hire a family Resources Manager and Educator to work at the LCO campus as an information network specialist. The person will gather and distribute information on matters such as the state and federal welfare reform programs. “There is a definite need for a liaison of this type on our campus,” according to Ramczyk, “Many of our community members haven’t worked for a long time, and others are transitioning into new careers and need direction and help with government issues…. Other social workers are swamped, and so providing this service for our students and community is really important right now,” she says.


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