Enriching lives and driving economic good

North Carolina State University has a long tradition of developing relevant solutions for real-world problems. From food safety to helping businesses stay competitive, NC State’s extension programs are helping people in even the most remote communities improve their quality of life. The university offers two innovative programs, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and the Industrial Extension Service.

NC State’s cooperative extension service has field faculty in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. The service is a joint effort with NC A&T State University and is focused on four main areas:

  • Enhancing agricultural, forest and food systems
  • Developing responsible youth
  • Strengthening and sustaining families
  • Conserving and improving the environment and natural resources

Through educational programs, publications and events, cooperative extension agents deliver research-based information to North Carolina citizens. From controlling household insects, to protecting well water, to helping families improve their eating habits, to improving indoor air quality, extension programs cover a broad spectrum.

Each semester, Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program helps more than 187,000 young people in North Carolina learn new skills and serve their communities through clubs, special interest programs, summer camps, school enrichment and after-school childcare.

North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service (IES) helps businesses across the state—from traditional offices, to factories and hospitals— lower costs, improve quality and shorten lead times to be successful and safe workplaces. By transforming knowledge into economic value, IES stimulates financial impact and IES experts empower companies with the tools necessary to help increase productivity, efficiency, quality, and, as a result, profits.