Professional Development

What We Do

We are responsible for face-to-face and online learning opportunities related to keystone events such as New Staff Onboarding and Fall Conference in addition to workshops and trainings posted on the MSU Extension Organizational Development Events page. Some important resources for you to know about include:

  • Live Zoom! and Face-to-face trainings are updated on our OD Events page.
  • elevateU is an MSU resource for professional development on all topics.  Log into ebs to access it under "My Career and Training." You have access to thousands of searchable videos, but our favorites are kept in The Library under Unit Specific Programs > MSU Extension.
  • What Every Extension Worker Should Know is a great resource for acquainting new faculty and staff to the basics of Extension.

Tracking Training

If you are planning to host an internal professional development event for MSU Extension employees, please fill out the short Training Tracking Form so we are aware of training happening across Extension and can extend our help if it is needed. 

We are currently creating an inventory of professional development resources through MSU Extension, MSU, and outside resources. Contact Our Learning and Talent Development Specialist, Anne Baker, for suggestions if you have a specific training need.

Financial Support for Training

There are two endowed funds that are available to Extension staff for pursuits of professional development and advanced degrees: The Endowed Fund Award (general professional development) and the K.J. Moilanen Memorial Scholarship Fund (degree work). 

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