Effects of the University Of Georgia Cooperative Extension New Agent Training Program on the retention of 4-H Youth Development Extension Agents
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate what effects the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension New Agent Training Program might have on employee retention, specifically that of 4-H Agents. The three main objectives of this study were to determine which parts of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension New Agent Training Program were perceived as most valuable to 4-H Agents, which parts were criticized by 4-H Agents or perceived as not beneficial, and finally how the New Agent Training Program may have affected participants’ decisions to remain employed by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension as a 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent or to terminate employment. Findings show that while participants value the New Agent Training Program there is a much stronger relationship between county office and community situation and job satisfaction and retention. The development of competency-based County Extension Coordinator trainings may then assist with employee retention.