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NDSU Extension Service Staff Mentoring Program


Our purpose is to create learning partnerships that help adults and youth enhance their lives and communities.


For more than two decades, businesses and organizations have been utilizing mentoring programs with their employees. In his article, "Mentoring as Partnership," Chip R. Bell stated that "a mentor is simply someone who helps someone else learn something that he or she would have learned less well, more slowly, or not at all if left alone."

According to Janet Fox in "News and Views," formal mentoring has been found to reduce high turnover in early career stages; prepare talented people to replace those retiring, moving, or being promoted; and to assist people trapped in the wrong job.

By utilizing the Extension mentoring program, new employees will grow as professionals and rapidly become an integral part of the NDSU Extension Service.

"Caring about others works because it is a paradigm focused on people, not things; it is focused on relationships, not schedules; it is focused on effectiveness, not efficiency; it is focused on personal leadership, not resource management."--Steven R. Covey

For more information, click the links below:

County Mentoring Program Information

Area and State Specialists Mentoring Program Information


Developed by Meghan J. Phillippi, NDSU Master's Student in Agricultural Education.

Bell, C. R. (2000). Mentoring as partnership. Training & Development, 54 (2), 52-57.
Fox, J. (2006). The role of mentoring in career development. News & Views, 54(1), 4-5. April 2006,

Revisions made December 2016 by Deb Gebeke.

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