New initiatives centered on science, engineering, and technology (SET) in 4-H may be moving away from the long-established adult volunteer delivery model. This shift in delivery may be due to a lack of availability of adult volunteers who possess the necessary SET competencies to effectively lead 4-H clubs. One way to offset this trend may be to blend traditional face-to-face training with continuous training efforts that include asynchronous on-line training modules, synchronous Web-based meetings, and self-directed learning. This new 4-H SET Volunteer Competencies Training Model is being tested in the Nebraska 4-H Robotics and GPS/GIS program.
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Barker, B. S., Grandgenett, N., & Nugent, G. (2009). A New Model of 4-H Volunteer Development in Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs. The Journal of Extension, 47(2), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss2/14