PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Two Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program county agents recently made a move up the career ladder when they completed all requirements of the Texas AgriLife Extension County Agent Career Ladder process. Sheryl Austin, Extension agent – Family & Consumer Sciences, Bell County, and Rolando Zamora, Extension agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources, Starr County, were recognized for their achievements at Cooperative Extension’s 2010 program planning conference held August 16 – 19.
“We are extremely pleased that Sheryl and Rolando fulfilled the job requirements necessary to advance their careers,” said Dr. Carolyn J. Nobles, interim associate administrator and program leader – Family & Consumer Sciences with the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program. “We encourage all of our county staff to participate in the Career Ladder process because it acknowledges their job responsibilities conducted on a daily basis to help primarily limited resource individuals in Texas improve their standards of living.”
In order for county agents to advance in the career ladder process, they must complete a dossier that contains their work achievements, educational advancement and documentation to include publications and training materials that they use in conducting their ongoing Extension county programs.
Austin was recognized for helping her clientele adopt healthy eating practices, engaging youth in money management practices for the real world, recruiting volunteer leaders to conduct trainings for youth and adults, and co-authoring a book, Sparkle and Shine, to help housing residents and their children in meeting certain housekeeping standards.
Zamora organized agriculture and 4-H & Youth tasks force, recruited volunteers, promoted his work in various media outlets and helped young people learn about the value of agriculture commodities in his “Kids & Kows & More Starr County” program.
For more information about the Career Ladder process, contact Dr. Nobles at 936/261-5122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer: Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications, Cooperative Extension Program
Photo credits: Alecea Rush, communications specialist – Cooperative Extension Program