Why is Professional Development Important?

Learn to understand and respect the needs and benefits of a diverse community of people of all genders, ages, cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. The Professional Development unit will assist you in successfully interacting with others in a professional manner, creating work based on integrity and ethics as you develop partnerships across the state to identify and prioritize needs to enhance life in Iowa communities.

While Extension Professional Development’s primary responsibility is to serve our Extension and Outreach colleagues, as part of our organization’s mission to serve all Iowans, many of our programs, opportunities, and resources are available to others. If you have questions or are interested in a particular program, reach out to that program’s contact or to Brenda Allen, Professional Development Manager, for more information on cost and staff availability.