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Carol A. Benesh
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Dec., 2011
Certificate in Native American Studies
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, June, 2004
Doctorate in Education: Higher Education, Department of Education.
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, June, 1985
Master of Education in Administration & Curriculum, Department of Education
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, June, 1973
Bachelor of Education in Family & Consumer Science, Department of Education
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
National Program Leader, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Youth, Family and Community (IYFC), Division of Youth and 4-H, Washington DC, 2011 – 2016. Provide leadership working with the land grant Extension system for research based positive youth development programs for youth from military families, Internship programs for college aged students, develop Federal partnerships, work with and reviewed states 5-year plan of work. Develop and apply science-based knowledge working with university partners and other partners. Recruit, train college students to serve as facilitators for National 4-H Conference. This is the pinnacle experience in 4 H Citizenship (civic engagement), providing the opportunity for teens to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Administer and manage Interagency Agreements, grants and cooperative agreements and provide relevant policies and procedures. Evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes, and impacts of these programs. Administer grant portfolio ($35 M) for awards to the Land-grant University Extension system working with DoD and military services.
State 4-H Curriculum & Outreach Specialist, Montana State University, 2008 -2011. Provided statewide leadership and management of 4-H curriculum for 56 Montana counties. Designed, developed, and evaluated and trained (staff and volunteer leaders) on 4-H curriculum (experientially designed) for outreach and priority programs as identified on the national and state level. Developed and administered grant funding ($786,000.) Managed funding, provided training and hired personnel for programs, worked with undergraduate and graduate students in internship positions. I led a signature program: Children, youth and families at risk program (CYFAR) working with a school on the Crow reservation in the areas of science, robotics and provided training for staff, volunteers and 4-H youth. Worked with stakeholders, advisory groups and collegiate 4-H’ers dependent upon the need of system.
State 4-H Program Leader, University of Nevada-Reno, 2005-2008.
Provided statewide leadership and administration/oversight for fiscal/program management in 17 Nevada counties. Conducted a strategic planning session (organizational assessment) with Extension and 4-H professionals to develop a vision, mission and policy for 4-H. Provided overall leadership and fiscal responsibility for the 4-H program and the camp at Lake Tahoe ($1M operation) and worked with the Extension administrative team, the 4-H advisory council to implement and evaluate statewide policy, procedures and to provide overall direction for
4-H. Provided leadership in working with volunteers developing a volunteer leader forum and training program. Developed and administered grant funding ($800,000.) for identified educational programs.
State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, University of Idaho, 1997-2005.
Provided statewide leadership (42 counties) for curriculum, afterschool, military, technology and youth at risk programs. Worked with stakeholders to plan and evaluate programs statewide. Worked with the curriculum advisory team (CAT) to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum. Developed, administered, managed, evaluated grant funding ($3 M) for identified educational programs. Provided mentoring and funding for undergraduate and graduate students working at the state office. Provided training for staff, volunteers, afterschool personnel and 4-H youth on key topic areas.
Extension Educator - Family/Youth Development, University of Idaho, 1991-96.
Administered and provided leadership for 4-H and family & consumer science programs in Boundary County, served as the county chair. Met with County commissioners in determining budget, and the county advisory committees to plan, implement and evaluate educational programs. Provided leadership, management and training for 4-H volunteers. Developed and administered grant funding ($81,000.).
Family Living/4-H Youth Extension Agent, Washington State University, 1990-91. Planned and implemented Family Consumer Science and 4-H programs in Lewis County. Developed a challenge grant for youth programs ($4,000.).
Youth Specialist assignments with the military, from the University of Idaho:
School Transition Specialist, USDA/Army Headquarters, Virginia, 2002-03.
I worked directly with school districts and military installations to ease school transitions for military children and youth. I established reciprocal policies and practice among school districts following the Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) using MOA document as a framework for direction. I developed 4-H partnerships with the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve programs with 4-H.
School Age and Teen Youth Specialist, located at TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command), Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1995-98.
The Army Youth Development Program identified and procured educational programs for children 6-12 and teens which meet national 4-H youth development curriculum criteria. I served as a Youth Development Specialist for TRADOC. I provided support, training, and technical assistance to Army installations (16 Installations in 13 states) and connected Extension faculty to Army Installations.
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