In 2006, the Western Extension Directors Association
(WEDA) tasked the WRPLC: Western Regional Program Leadership Committee (.doc)
to identify the characteristics of Western metropolitan and to explore one or more conceptual models for metropolitan Extension work. Based upon a literature review and an informal survey of state Extension programs, the WRPLC concluded in its report (.pdf)
- A common approach to metropolitan Extension education and issue analysis does not exist in the West
- Woefully, little has been published on metropolitan Extension models or how to operationalize them
The Western Center was established in 2014 by the Western Extension Directors Association
(WEDA) with fiscal support from our members.
The Western Center is hosted at WSU by WSU Extension and co-hosted by the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension.
Our Advisory Board incorporates distinguished university professionals working all across the United States whose expertise lies in project management, facilitation, leadership, and academia. The Center also provides internship opportunities, helping to prepare the next generation of collaborative leaders.
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Western Center Membership
We are now offering membership to all Extension organizations. Membership provides tools to maintain an impactful presence for your Extension organization in cities and metropolitan areas, professional development for Extension faculty and staff, opportunities to engage in applied research, project and funding opportunities, and a broader forum for advancing effective models of working within metropolitan regions.
To learn more about all of the Western Center’s membership benefits, please visit our membership page.