Smith-Lever is 100!
Not every organization can claim to have been created by an act of Congress. The year was 1914, and the United States Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, creating a unique educational system called the National Cooperative Extension Service. “Cooperative” because it would be supported by federal, state, and county partnerships. “Extension” because this innovative system would use trained educators university faculty who would translate research from the state’s land-grant university to meet the needs of the citizens of the state.
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.
WVU Extension Service is connected and committed to West Virginia and West Virginians. In our centennial year, and in every year ahead, we’ll continue to provide trusted research through local experts in all 55 West Virginia counties. We’re proud to continue our tradition of service and prouder still to be an innovative partner to the people of our great state of West Virginia. Happy birthday, Smith-Lever and WVU Extension Service!
People in Your Community…Knowledge at Your Doorstep
Each WVU Extension Office can provide the public with information on many topics from many resources. The Morgan County Extension Office faculty and staff provide assistance and educational programs in a number of areas. Visit the areas in the navigation bar to find out more, or to find needed forms and information for local programs.
The mission of the West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service (ES) is to form learning partnerships with the people of West Virginia to enable them to improve their lives and communities. To these partnerships, we bring useful research- and experience-based knowledge that facilitates critical thinking and skill development.
Where Is WVU-ES?
Through its Extension Service, WVU provides a “mini campus” in each of the state’s 55 counties. The work at these locations addresses a wide variety of community issues via a nontraditional mix of learners, faculty, staff and volunteers. Part of an educational network of 105 land-grant universities, WVU-ES takes the helping hand of West Virginia University directly to thousands of West Virginians in communities scattered across the state. Extension’s central administrative office is on WVU’s downtown campus in Morgantown.
How Does Extension Work?
Drawing on the strengths of WVU’s many academic disciplines, extension educators target communities’ social, economic, environmental and technical problems. Some extension educators work out of buildings on WVU’s traditional campuses, such as those located in Morgantown. But many extension personnel work out of offices in WVU Extension’s county settings, such as those generally located in or near each county’s governmental seat. Working daily with local residents, extension personnel find their lives often intertwine with the issues that confront their local communities. They are committed to helping people find answers that work. As they solve problems along with local citizens—individually and in groups—Extension personnel and staff translate WVU’s research and knowledge into action. More about the Extension Service...