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18 employees participate in new incentive programs (5/8/2015)

We launched two incentive opportunities for field staff in November 2014 resulting in 18 applicants being approved to receive an incentive on July 1. Kudos to Ellen Bjelland, Brad Brummond, Paige Brummund, Sheldon Gerhardt, Alicia Harstad, Vanessa Hoines, Trisha Jessen, Dena Kemmet, Carrie Knutson, Penny Nester, Peggy Netzer, Jean Noland, Crystal Schaunaman, Molly Soeby, Acacia Stuckle, Rita Ussatis, LoAyne Voight and Todd Weinmann for being pioneer participants and presenting strong documentation in their applications!

The Advanced Degree Incentive Opportunity gives agents and Extension-funded parent educators the opportunity to add $3,000 to their base salary (in addition to a previous $3,000 increase they would have received upon completion of a master’s degree or Ph.D.) for maintaining rigor and scholarly work in their Extension position above standard expectations. The Learn and Lead Incentive Program for agents, Extension-funded parent educators and nutrition education assistants, rewards performance involving impact, initiative, leadership, educational instruction, creativity and scholarship in addition to meeting basic job expectations. Learn and Lead applicants can opt for a $1,000 cash stipend or $2,000 in professional development funds. Details here.

I also thank the agents, specialists and program leaders who reviewed the applications and for their comments to improve the process for next year.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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