Margo Long has been named the first Ohio 4-H Workforce Development and Pathways program manager at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).
She came to the new position from Marion County, where she worked as a county 4-H educator since 2017. In her new role, she will develop and implement a workforce development and associated career and college readiness program for Ohio 4-H youth and families.
“Ohio 4-H has been helping youth develop the skills they need for more than 100 years,” said Kirk Bloir, Ohio’s associate state 4-H leader. “With this new position, Ohio 4-H will be able to focus more specifically on helping youth explore potential careers and develop a better understanding of the possible pathways to achieve their goals, whether through an apprenticeship, industry certification, the military, or higher education.”
Long will launch “4-H Pathways to the Future” to give youth the opportunity to explore potential careers and provide families with college information. She will also focus her efforts on creating opportunities for high school youth at Ohio State ATI on the CFAES Wooster campus.
“We are excited to have Margo on board to launch our new 4-H Pathways to the Future program,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “4-H is essentially, our youth’s first class in CFAES. This program will allow them to explore potential career paths and learn about the Ohio State admissions process, as well as how to prepare resumes and learn interview techniques.”
Long’s past experience includes work at the Ohio AgriBusiness Association as their director of communications and member education. She served as the executive director of the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser program, and also worked for Purdue Extension as a county agent.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Ohio State, a master’s in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in agricultural communications from Ohio State.