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Serving Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties.

Urban Center by Numbers

  • Contacts: 4,626
  • Indirect Contacts: 4,353 
  • FTEs: 3

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

In 2020, Alabama Extension at AAMU did what most organizations did – adapted in-person programs to online learning opportunities on various digital platforms. We even taught older residents how to use Zoom to reduce social isolation and loneliness brought on by COVID-19.

As a result, we reached audiences of all ages. Although COVID-19 still impacts the way we do business, take this opportunity to explore other virtual programs that Alabama Extension offers.

Urban Extension County Impacts

In 2020, county Extension staff in the Florence metro area implemented 32 face-to-face and 126 online training sessions, and 4 special events.

Program participants learned research-based best practices in the areas of health and nutrition, 4-H and youth development, family and child development, workforce development, and money management.

General Impact Info

Due to COVID-19, county program impacts primarily reflect online activities.

  • 1,003 participants improved health literacy, nutrition, and physical activity practices.
  • 274 participants improved knowledge of food safety and food budgeting methods.
  • 417 youth developed leadership, STEM, and healthy living skills.
  • 3,018 participants improved money management, workforce development, and daily living abilities.

For more impacts: www.aces.edu/go/stateimpacts

2020-21 Impacts

Our educational initiatives meet many state and county goals, such as increasing student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and careers, improving student reading skills, enhancing job search skills, and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Find us Online

Alabama Extension Calendar: www.aces.edu/calendar

Alabama Extension at AAMU Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlabamaExtensionAAMU

Urban Extension Products/Programs: www.aces.edu/blog/category/urban-extension/products-programs-urban/

State Office

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama A&M University
4900 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL 35810
Phone: (256) 372-5710

Lauderdale County Extension Office

802 Veterans Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 766-6223
Heidi Tilenius, County Extension Coordinator

What’s new in Urban Extension?

  • In October 2021, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marked the launch of two new mobile labs for nutrition and STEM Education. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at ksh0035@aces.edu or (256) 690-4614.
  • By hiring new staff, we were able to resume programming efforts in entrepreneurship and goat and sheep production systems.
  • The unit launched a new campaign called AL Voices for Vaccines funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. This project explores why people are reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more at www.aces.edu/blog/tag/voices-forvaccines/.


Visit www.aces.edu/go/directory for a listing of additional Alabama Extension offices and staff.


New January 2022, 2020-21 Impacts: Urban Center – Florence

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