Clare County Program Highlights
MSU Extension made a difference in the lives of Clare County residents through educational programs and resources. Find more.
FINANCE & HOMEOWNERSHIP
MSU Extension’s team of knowledgeable financial pros demystify common financial and homeownership best practices with universitybacked, research-based programs and resources to help Michigan residents navigate through challenges life throws their way. In 2018, the team provided rental education, homeowner education, financial capabilities, foreclosure counseling and Step-Forward Michigan assistance in Clare County.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
4-H is the largest youth development organization in Michigan. Connected at the national level, MSU’s program promotes the traditional 4-H clubs and fair projects, as well as many other leadership and life-skills development opportunities for youth. 4-H provides experiential learning opportunities that allow youth to explore new interests and discover their passion. In 2018, Clare County had 22 4-H clubs serving 309 youth with 60 adult volunteers. The total number of youth served in the county was 1192.
GARDENING & CONSUMER HORTICULTURE
Homeowners often have insect infestations or plant diseases that they are unfamiliar with and need help addressing. MSU Extension provides soil testing, plant and insect identification, disease identification and treatment, Smart Gardening resources, and a toll-free Lawn and Garden hotline. The Clare County MSU Extension office provides assistance to many customers with basic home gardening concerns.
MSU Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides basic nutrition education and hands-on activities for all ages. Core curricula are designed to help low-income families stretch their food dollars while maintaining good nutrition. Some instruction includes physical activity and cooking techniques that help instill life-long skills. It is estimated that every $1 spent on nutrition education saves as much as $10 in long-term health costs.
WORK FORCE PREPARATION
“Mock Interview Day” offers students the opportunity to practice interview skills and network with the business community. Students are expected to bring a completed resume, job application or portfolio, and dress appropriately for an interview. Students receive individual feedback from volunteers. They become more prepared for job-seeking as a result of this experience. MSU Extension works with Clare County youth at Harrison High School to prepare for this event held annually at Mid Michigan College in Mt Pleasant.