UCCE Centennial: 100 Years of Science and Service
"This is my 41st year growing crops in the Salinas Valley. Every year…without fail…UC Cooperative Extension has been my local resource for research and education…they know local issues of plant health, pest management, productivity, nutrition and resource management that impact my crops."Richard Smith, President Valley Farm Management, Soledad
Cooperative Extension is...
Sonia C. Rodriguez
Nutrition Educator, UCCE Butte County / Cluster
My commitment to empower families in our rural communities attracted me to the EFNEP position. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in Computer Science. I worked as a bilingual teacher assistant to help pay for college. I worked in the fields in the summer. My first job after graduation was working with low-income families in the social service area. After working in affordable housing programs in eight rural counties in Northern California for 17 years, I was offered a job in Sacramento working with Fannie Mae in the loan modification department. After a year of driving to Sacramento every day, I decided to seek a job in Butte County, where I lived. I was fortunate to find a job with UC ANR in EFNEP. Working here compliments my commitment in helping people. Delivering EFNEP empowers low-income families live healthier and happier lives. It is important work!