OSU Extension Service opens Beaverton Education Center

October 5, 2016
Extension's Beaverton Education Center will be a hub for the community.
Extension's Beaverton Education Center will be a hub for the community.

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Oregon State University Extension Service brings its services to a new neighborhood with a move from Hillsboro to the Twin Oaks Business Park in Beaverton, where its new office adds space for community meetings.

“Our new space offers an opportunity to engage the community with services from Oregon State University beyond Extension programs,” said Vicki Campbell, Extension county leader in Washington County.  “The center will be a hub for providing access to many OSU resources for students and lifelong learners. It will help OSU better meet the needs of our growing and diverse urban and rural audiences in the county.”

OSU Extension has served the increasingly complex needs of Washington County for more than 100 years.

“The creation of the OSU Extension Service Education Center is an opportunity to share faculty expertise and increase community engagement,” said Patrick Proden, metro regional administrator for OSU’s Outreach and Engagement. “This allows our programs to serve more people, partnerships to flourish and for OSU to respond to changing demographics, including being a bridge to building stronger connectivity between urban, suburban and rural communities.” 

Extension trains and leads master gardeners and other program volunteers who offer their expertise to residents of the county, effectively expanding the capacity of county resources.

Extension also works closely with low-income families and individuals offering programming in nutrition, healthy living, stretching the family food budget and creating healthy meals to reduce obesity rates and improve the overall culture of health. 4-H youth development programming supports interest-based clubs and after-school programs, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which helps prepare students for college and career-readiness opportunities.

The center is located at 1815 N.W. 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 1000, Beaverton.

 

Author: Vicki Campbell
Source: Patrick Proden