ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Dorothy Brandon, an Alabama Extension specialist at Alabama A&M University, received the 1890 Extension in Excellence Award from the Association of Extension Administrators. Brandon was honored for her body of work in the areas of family and consumer sciences (FCS) and workforce development.
Brandon oversees several outreach initiatives, including PREP. PREP is a workforce development program aimed at helping former inmates at day reporting centers to find meaningful employment. Making Money Count, an FCS initiative, has helped thousands of people reduce personal debt and better manage their finances. Older adults, however, continue to be one of Brandon’s favorite audiences. She instructs them on using computers for daily life applications and how to successfully “age in place” within their own homes and communities.
For the past five years, Brandon and her team delivered the Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program (PCREP) that helps parents teach their children ages 4 to 9 how to be successful and confident readers at a critical stage in life. The PCREP Family Day of Education and Fun is a community favorite event that reaches hundreds of families annually, and has garnered state and national recognition.
In addition to extensive program development efforts, Brandon has received more than $792,ooo in grant funding over the course of her Extension career.
Eligibility for National Award
As this year’s 1890 recipient, she received a plaque and a monetary gift at the Southern Program Leadership Network Award Luncheon in New Orleans. Brandon is now eligible to compete for a National Excellence in Extension Award. The national award will be presented by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy in November during the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in San Diego, California.
“We are proud of the work that is coming from our Extension programming staff here at Alabama A&M University,” said Celvia Stovall, Alabama Extension associate director. “What’s more important is that our programs continue to achieve national recognition among our peers.”
Previous 1890 Extension in Excellence Award winners from Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University are Andrea Morris in 2018; Karnita Garner in 2016; Kimberly Burgess-Neloms in 2015; Roger Richardson in 2013; and Maria Leite-Browning, Edna Coleman, Julio Correa, Kevin Crenshaw, and Robert Spencer in 2012.