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Extension Mentoring

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Mentoring Program provides a professional, educational and personal support system for new extension professionals through the assignment of a designated mentor. The Mentoring Program provides a formalized relationship where the new agent will:

  • learn about the importance of their role to N.C. Cooperative Extension and the citizens of North Carolina;
  • build a relationship with a trusted advisor so that the new agent can be exposed to the culture, expectations, and functions of N.C. Cooperative Extension;
  • develop as an Extension professional with the support and guidance of not only their County Extension Director and colleagues, but also with the focused support and direction from their mentor.

Agents with 3 or more years of experience are nominated by the District Extension Director (DED) and/or County Extension Director (CED) to be a mentor. New hires will be paired with a mentor based on subject matter/programmatic area and physical location.

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to review the Mentor Program Resources (the Desk Reference Guide is required reading for both the mentor and mentee to facilitate expectations and a successful partnership).

Mentor Program Resources

Training for District Extension Directors/Regional Extension Directors/County Extension Directors

Evaluations:  Mentors and Mentees are required to complete an evaluation at the three separate intervals during their one-year mentor relationship: 30 day, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month. The County Extension Director of the mentee will also be asked to complete an evaluation. The evaluation forms for the mentor and mentee are available online by accessing the following the links: