OHIO 4-H CAMP COUNSELORS ARE PREPARED TO WORK
Strong leadership, problem-solving, and communication and teamwork skills are just a few of the competencies that Ohio 4-H camp counselors ages 14–18 are taught through OSU Extension’s Making eXtreme Counselors state workshops. The training helps teens develop skills that prepare them for the workforce. It also helps shape the positive development of campers, ages 8–13, who attend 4-H camps. More: go.osu.edu/campcounselor
GROWING URBAN FARMERS
In less than two years, OSU Extension’s Ohio Master Urban Farmer program has trained 180 people in Toledo and Columbus on how to create or expand agriculture-related business opportunities. Nearly half of participants say they plan to start a new food-based business or enterprise, and in two years the number of urban farms within Columbus has grown from five to 15. The program is expanding to include Dayton and Youngstown, and a similar program is already offered in Cleveland. More: go.osu.edu/urbanagfranklin
PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATION KEEPS MORE OHIOANS WORKING
Extension’s Ohio Pesticide Safety Education program provides training and education to pesticide applicators about the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses and public agencies to protect human health and the environment. In the past year, the training included 400 new commercial pesticide applicators; 3,400 current applicators; and 5,000 people who attended recertification programs for private pesticide applicators in Ohio. More: pested.osu.edu
ENGAGED OHIOANS, VIBRANT COMMUNITIES
Engaging Ohioans and helping build and maintain vibrant communities includes bringing economic development to areas of the state that face challenging situations such as high poverty rates and low employment rates. Ohio State University Extension empowers Ohio communities to create new businesses that bring new jobs to residents due to job training, technical assistance and investment dollars.
According to the Appalachian Regional Commission, residents in Appalachian Ohio and West Virginia experienced 8.9 and 7.2 percent unemployment, respectively, from 2011 through 2013, with a per-capita income in 2013 of $24,855 and $26,020, respectively.
CREATING NEW JOBS AND BUSINESSES
OSU Extension is working to increase economics in the Appalachian region through its Ohio Cooperative Development Center, housed at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon. During the past five years, the center has provided more than 2,900 hours of technical assistance and expertise in the formation of 35 cooperatives and other business entities representing a range of industries. This has resulted in an estimated 194 new and 229 retained jobs and the investment of $72,000 in seed grants. More: southcenters.osu.edu/cooperatives
SHALE BRINGS 52,000 JOBS TO OHIO
OSU Extension worked with regional Economic Development Administration districts to analyze trends from 2010 to 2014. They found that shale development benefited five industrial sectors the most: energy; chemicals and chemical-based products; forest and wood products; metals manufacturing; and machinery manufacturing. The analysis further showed that 90 percent of job creation in the five sectors occurred as a result of regional influences. The EDA districts are using the findings to develop strategies to diversify their economies and sustain growth.