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University of Nebraska Lincoln proudly introduces the. Management Team. Mission statement. Educate and empower rural communities to implement and benefit from technology opportunities. History. Established in 1999 after Master Navigator coordinator resigned

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mission statement
Mission statement

Educate and empower rural

communities to implement

and benefit from technology


  • Established in 1999 after Master Navigator coordinator resigned
  • Charter team included 6 Extension Educators representing each Extension district
  • Administration redirected 25% of each appointment to do technology training
frankly speaking
Frankly speaking…

Charter members had no clue

what they were getting

themselves into!

administrative structure
Administrative structure
  • Center for Applied Rural Innovation
    • Support staff
    • Fiscal management
  • Cooperative Extension
    • Housed in county Extension offices
    • 100% Extension appointments
our team today
Our team today
  • 9 Extension Educators
  • 1 Learning Center Coordinator
  • 50% of each Educator’s appointment is to focus on technology programming
  • The development, marketing and facilitation of technology programs
  • Operation, maintenance and expansion of programs
  • Staying abreast of new concepts and technologies
  • Technology planning in rural communities
  • Master Navigator
    • Four week course that teaches Windows concepts, navigating the WWW and email
  • Nebraska Electronic Main Street
    • Four week course that teaches community leaders and business owners e-business concepts
  • Nebraska E-Government
    • Tentatively scheduled for rollout fall 2002
  • NebFacts
    • Internet terms
  • Lessons for community groups
    • Telemedicine: The Future is Here
promotional efforts
Promotional efforts
  • Logo
  • Brochures
  • Table-top displays
  • Business cards
  • Web page

efforts supported by the team
Efforts supported by the team
  • 4-H Cyber Fair
  • Teacher training
  • Organizing local technology committees
  • Conducting local technology fairs and expositions
  • Technology conferences and workshops
  • Technologies Across Nebraska Partnership
  • Nebraska Information Technology Commission
  • Community colleges, ESUs and high schools
  • Local and regional economic development organizations
  • Local and regional IT committees
  • Congressman Osborne
significant accomplishments
Significant Accomplishments
  • Master Navigator
    • Taught in over 60 communities to 650 people
  • Nebraska Electronic Main Street
    • 23 classes in 20 communities benefiting 175 businesses
Trained 100 additional instructors
    • 1/3 have taught classes
    • excellent evaluations given by participants
  • Grant acquisition
    • NITC award to AIM and conNEcting Nebraska for $110,000
Community planning
    • Conducted formal community and business IT assessments in 2 communities and one county
    • Presently working on a multi-county IT assessment for northeast NE
  • Collaborated with AIM and CARI to facilitate statewide community and business IT survey
  • Master Navigator
    • Evaluations indicate knowledge greatly increases as a result of taking the course
    • Skills taught are being used by farmers and ranchers, business owners, school teachers, homeowners, housewives, etc.
    • Some participants established home-based businesses
All most all teach the skills they learned to others in their communities
  • Many have gone onto developing their own business Web sites
  • Senior citizens are communicating by e-mail with their families
  • Nebraska Electronic Main Street
    • Many businesses planned to build Web pages and begin performing some aspect of e-commerce online
    • Some decided that establishing an online presence wasn’t appropriate for them
    • Several created their own Web sites, while others contracted with professional developers
on the horizon
On the horizon
  • E-Ag
  • E-Education
  • Telework
  • Telemedicine
  • Public policy issues
  • Advanced Master Navigator
  • Advanced NE Electronic Main Street
for more information contact unl extension educators staff
Dewey Teel

Antelope County


Connie Hancock

Cheyenne County


Carroll Welte

Burt County


Dorothy Davis


308-532-3611 ext. 158

For more information contact:UNL Extension Educators/Staff

Dennis Kahl

Seward County


University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Cooperative Extension

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources