This article examines Extension professionals building community capacity in 10 counties across five Appalachian states in response to the talent crisis in the United States information technology (IT) workforce. The goal has been to transfer IT knowledge and create a supportive environment to foster interest in IT careers among underserved girls in Appalachian communities. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, incorporates the example of Family and Consumer Sciences agents modeling the structure of Extension. Extension professionals can use this model to pioneer workforce development and community change initiatives.
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Meszaros, P. S., Kimbrell, M. R., & Swenson, A. (2015). IT Workforce Development: A Family and Consumer Sciences Community Capacity Model. The Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss2/18