Determining Needs and Benefits of Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition and Consumer Science Programming

Worksite Location
CCE Warren County
Faculty Sponsor
Gary Evans, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Carol Devine, Professor, Nutritional Science
Field Mentors/Supervisors
John Bowe, Team Coordinator, CCE Warren County; Roxanne Westcott, Community Educator, CCE Warren County
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Implement a cooperatively developed survey to identify specific local needs within an underserved rural community relating to nutritional education and consumer science (food budgets, shopping skills, and awareness of nutrition needs); as well as what resources are offered, provided or are needed by existing agencies (WIC, Social Services, Hudson-Headwaters). Catalog current CCE resources/assets and what is available from Cornell outreach efforts.

Roles and Responsibilities

Assist in the development and implementation of survey. Conduct face-to-face interviews with parents/families, social workers, and possibly probation officers to determine their needs and their perceptions of opportunities. Compile and cooperatively analyze data and create a report making suggested programming offerings. If time allows, work with the program and planning committee to develop a job description based on the outcome of survey, interviews and program analysis.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

A greater awareness of public interests and needs related to rural nutrition and poverty, role of Extension in land-grant University mission, basic plan of work development and human resources issues.

Benefits and Skills

The student learning outcomes will be:

1) Learn to collect, analyze and use data to provide new programming to our clients
2) An understanding of other Community agencies that can provide resources for our programs
3) Utilize Cornell research (Faculty Supervisor) to determine what curriculum is proven effective for our participants