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.
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.”
After the student accepted the job, Haynes received a glowing email from Cannaday.
“This partnership is a great success story for Extension,” Cannaday said.
For Haynes, making those crucial community connections to create partnerships was all in a day’s work. And for Extension, connecting students and mentors was yet another example of how the organization is the cornerstone of making communities more resilient.