University of Illinois Extension
Extension provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. We offer educational programs in five broad areas:
Energy and environmental stewardship
Food safety and security
Economic development and workforce preparedness
Family health, financial security, and wellness
While most Extension programs are offered on an informal, non-credit basis, Extension does offer continuing education credits in some fields of study. Programs may be offered as hands-on workshops, field days, online self-paced tutorials, or in other formats that are suitable for the audience and subject-matter.
More than 1.5 million Illinois residents take part in Extension programs each year, including nearly 200,000 who participate in 4-H youth programs. Each month, Extension web pages draw more than 5 million page views, and people in more than 200 countries access Extension's web-based information.
Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27 units located throughout Illinois. Extension educators in local offices and specialists located on the U of I campus develop and deliver in-depth programming locally, in regional venues, and through distance-learning technologies.
As part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, Extension also is able to draw on research-based expertise from land-grant universities all across the country. Volunteers who serve on local advisory councils provide direction for Extension programming, ensuring that programs continue to meet critical needs.