Central State University, the historically Black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, has entered into a partnership with the city of Trotwood, Ohio. Under the agreement, Central State University’s Extension Service will open a satellite office in the Trotwood Civic and Cultural Arts Center to provide educational and community development programs.
Alton B. Johnson, dean and director of the College of Science and Engineering’s 1890 Land-Grant Programs, said, “As a land-grant institution, our Extension and Research activities bring vital and practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners, consumers, families, and young people. Central State’s partnership with the city of Trotwood provides a real opportunity to impact the lives of local families through nutrition education, health and wellness activities and youth leadership development.”
Dr. Johnson joined the staff at Central State University in 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Liberia. Dr. Johnson holds a master’s degree in agronomy from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in soil physics from the University of Arkansas.
Central State University currently has extension agents in seven Ohio counties. The university’s extension services focus on five key areas:
- Improving Agriculture, Plant Sciences and Economics
- Creating Youth Pathways to Success
- Developing Better Social and Economically Sustainable Communities
- Empowering Families and Communities
- Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program