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NDSU Extension Staff Mentoring Program


Empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education

NDSU Extension believes:

  • In lifelong learning through transformational education
  • That all people belong and deserve respect
  • In stakeholder input to guide program development
  • In science-based, locally relevant information
  • In the value of partners and collaboration


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 NDSU Extension.

"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

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 and 2018.

Filed under: New Employees
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