The mission of Outagamie County Cooperative Extension is to facilitate people’s use of university knowledge to make informed decisions that enrich their lives and enhance their communities.
By connecting county residents to up-to-date, objective, practical, research-based knowledge, we help them grow, change and prosper. They become more self-sufficient, lead healthier and safer lives, form strong and nurturing families, and thrive economically. Our primary customers are the people who live and work in Outagamie County, both adults and youth. We make a special effort to reach those who are traditionally underserved including minorities, low-income families, and people with disabilities. Our customers value high-quality, low-cost educational opportunities that emphasize practical skills they can put to use immediately.
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PURPOSE to which we commit…
we teach, learn, and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin and engaging them in transforming lives and communities.
VISION of what we want to become…
a thriving, well-known, and sought out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.
VALUES we strive to live by…
We empower others and ourselves by listening to, learning from, and respecting local knowledge. We value our partnerships and believe community voices are critical to success. We work in community with one another to build a culture of collegiality.
We promote lifelong learning, unbiased transformational education and excellence through our scholarly work. We integrate University research with community-based knowledge to explore new solutions and their practical applications. We encourage innovation in teaching, research and outreach to serve the public good.
We recognize, appreciate and honor the differences, similarities and contributions of all people and communities. We are intentional in our efforts to ensure equity, justice and fairness. We embrace new ideas and approaches in our work.
We foster positive relationships through honesty, open communication and accountability. We meet educational needs by creating linkages among cultural, economic and environmental contexts. We recognize and trust the essential and interconnected nature of all roles within Cooperative Extension
We appreciate and serve as stewards of our state’s resources. We honor and value each other’s time and talents. We seek to maintain a balance between life and work priorities.