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New VCE Onboarding – Professional Development Survey



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Authored by Karen A. Vines, Assistant Professor and Extension Continuing Professional Education Specialist, Agricultural, Leadership, & Community Education, Virginia Tech; Lonnie Johnson, Associate Director for Field Operations and Administration, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Hannah Bishop, Dinwiddie Cooperative Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Morgan Paulette, Pulaski Cooperative Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Jocelyn Pearson, Chesapeake Cooperative Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Janet Spencer, Southeast District Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension; and John Thompson, Northern District Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension

This publication is available in a PDF file format only.

This survey was developed in 2021 to provide insight into onboarding and professional development needs for Virginia Cooperative Extension. The survey was used as a census survey across the various roles and program areas represented in the VCE organization. The survey collects data associated with time in VCE and other Extension organizations, as well as self-perceived data of the Extension professional related to their career stage (Rennekamp & Nall, 1994). While the purpose was determining onboarding needs, the survey also provides insight into training needs across career stages as well as training preferences. Data collected for VCE using this survey is available at

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Publication Date

November 9, 2022