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About This Level

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics — A Distance Education Program

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, is a series of seven core competencies that focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues, the dynamics and interdependencies of the various segments of the community, and the basics of community development work. All Extension professionals who work in a community context may find these competencies useful, regardless of their program responsibilities.

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the North Central program leaders implemented Level One using distance education technology in Fall 2005. Beginning with the Fall 2009 training, the program became a national effort, offered jointly by all four Regional Rural Development Centers as a professional development opportunity for Extension professionals who work in a community context.