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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in partnership with the Auburn University College of Human Sciences, has announced a new model for programs that serve individuals and families.

“It’s called Human Sciences Extension,” said Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “It brings together staff previously assigned to programs in family and child development; family resource management and workforce development; and human nutrition, diet and health.

“We will align with the research-based strengths of Auburn’s College of Human Sciences. The resulting program will offer greater accountability, while providing greater service to the people of Alabama,” Lemme said. “It extends the strengths of both organizations to promote educational relationships with Alabamians across all socio-economic groups.”

Human Sciences Extension will strengthen the overall scholarship and linkage between agents and specialists, while creating new partnerships with Auburn University colleges and programs.

“It is intended to help communities of place, practice, interest and identity,” Lemme said. “We hope to further strengthen community relations by building coalitions that address local problems.”

Leaders in both the Auburn College of Human Sciences and in Alabama Extension will guide the transition to the new program, which will be complete by Dec. 31, 2019.