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Extension Education Reaches Learners Around the World

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Continuing Education and Communication Services (CECS), in cooperation with all ISU colleges and Extension field staff, delivers off-campus credit courses, degree programs, service-learning programs, noncredit conferences and seminars and ISU Extension educational materials to learners around the world.


  • CECS facilitated conferences, workshops, special events and educational programs reaching nearly 47,000 participants.
  • CECS served 4,378 students enrolled in ISU distance education credit courses in 305 communities located in 91 Iowa counties; 75 percent of students reported taking courses to improve job performance, change jobs or satisfy continuing education requirements for their employment. 
  • CECS coordinated distance education courses in 36 degree and certificate programs, offering 612 courses. Distance learning technologies range from face-to-face at remote sites to online, video-streamed courses. This allows students to access ISU quality education from their own location.
  • On average, 245,000 people visit ISU Extension’s Web servers every month.
  • Approximately 560,000 people toured ISU Extension educational exhibits at the Des Moines Arts Festival, Iowa State Fair, Farm and Field Fest and the Clay County Fair. Such exhibits get information to many Iowans quickly and develop new contacts and referrals to ISU staff. CECS provided more than 1,000 hours of live Web cam coverage of these events online.
  • CECS distributed 608,122 hard-copy educational materials throughout the United States and 20 other countries. Extension materials also are available online, providing anytime access to ISU Extension education and information.
  • CECS produced more than 4,000 audio market news broadcasts, online news releases, television segments, publications and other educational materials.
  • 23 ISU student interns in Extension’s Life in Iowa program donated more than 2,300 volunteer hours worth approximately $39,750 to Iowa and the communities in which they worked. In addition, interns experienced living and working in Iowa, discovering employers and opportunities available to them when they graduate.


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life. Learn more about Extension's Continuing Education and Communication Services.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu