Debra Barrett is a senior educator at Michigan State University Extension. She has worked in this capacity since June/1997. Debra’s primary office is in Berrien County.
In this role, Debra focuses on career exploration and workforce development along with fostering partnerships with MSU departments. Debra also serves as co-coordinator of the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute and supports 4-H alumni engagement efforts.
Debra’s expertise is teaching young people, and adults that work with young people, career exploration, financial literacy, youth entrepreneurship and workforce development topics. In addition to co-authoring both national and Michigan youth development curriculums, she has successfully taught both face to face and virtually on a variety of topics. Over the years Debra has shared her enthusiasm and ideas at a variety of conferences and has served as a content expert for two youth workforce development U.S.D.A. projects.
Debra has built her career around MSU Extension. She is additionally known for her work with staff development and supervision, volunteer management, mentoring, and inclusive programming.
Debra has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Master of Education in Educational Administration; both from Michigan State University. In addition, Debra is a Real Colors workshop facilitator and graduate of the National Extension Leadership Development Program.
Orange, blue, green or gold: What color are you?
Published on March 27, 2023
Farming can be a rewarding career and opportunity to be your own boss
Published on February 23, 2023
Working safely in the food and agriculture industry
Published on February 9, 2023
Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H share new research guide for global challenges
Published on January 18, 2023
Explore Michigan’s Hot 50 Job List for potential careers
Published on December 15, 2022
Choosing pictures to be included in a portfolio
Published on December 14, 2022
Building an inclusive workforce
Published on December 1, 2022
Use your 4-H record book to build an employability portfolio
Published on November 28, 2022
A “mooving” experience to explore leadership, jobs and careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resources pathway
Published on November 3, 2022