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Virginia Cooperative Extension boosts county business by connecting communities

When a local landscape business owner was looking to train someone to work and assist in her business, she tapped into Virginia Cooperative Extension’s expertise for help.

Franklin County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Carol Haynes helped a local high school student find a job — which helped the student as well as a local business.

Franklin County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Carol Haynes helped a local high school student find a job — which helped the student as well as a local business.

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Carol Haynes in Franklin County knew exactly where to turn to accommodate the request. Haynes drew on Extension’s close relationship with the school system and contacted Diana Cannaday, the FFA and horticulture teacher in the county.

Cannaday recommended one of her students who was looking for an opportunity to learn and grow. She facilitated the connection between the student and the business owner.

“This had a very real impact for the business owner and my student’s employment,” said Haynes. “Virginia Cooperative extension has a good working relationship with Franklin County high school students and teachers. This was a great opportunity to foster our relationship with the county school system and provided added value to a thriving horticulture program within the school system.”

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