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
- NC State Extension Mentoring Desk Reference Guide – Agent Guide
- NC State Extension Mentoring Desk Reference Guide– CED Guide
- NC State Extension Mentoring Desk Reference Guide – Administrative Professionals Guide
Training for District Extension Directors/Regional Extension Directors/County Extension Directors
- CED Mentor Training – Online Training