It is critical that the value of Extension family and consumer sciences as a broadly focused profession be recognized both in and out of Extension. Establishing universally recognized competencies and assuring that agents possess those capabilities are vital steps to securing and maintaining the integrity of the profession and its value to those it serves. University of Tennessee Extension has developed a process for assessing basic competencies of newly hired agents and responding to their competency gaps with targeted training.
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Franck, K., Wise, D., Penn, A., & Berry, A. A. (2017). Preparing Future Professionals for Holistic Family and Consumer Sciences Programming. The Journal of Extension, 55(6), Article 51. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.06.51