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Our History

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 39 county and tribal extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.

In the fall of 2012, CAHNRS created a National Board of Advisors (NBOA) comprised of 100 industry representatives and stakeholders, including many alumni from every program within the college.  The goal of establishing the NBOA was to enroll external advisors into partnering with CAHNRS personnel to create innovative academic, extension and research programs that served the needs of their industries.  The intention was to co-create new initiatives that considered industry input during the development process instead of asking industry to react to initiatives that the college established.  Relevance is a key to success in fulfilling the land grant mission of this university, and the best portal for accessing relevance is through our industry partners.

NBOA discussion focused on beyond the book experiences that would allow students to translate what they learn in the classroom to industry related activities.  In addition alumni and industry partners voiced a need for access to high quality leadership and skill development in their workplace.  The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) was developed out of this collaboration.

About the CTLL

The CTLL provides exceptional learning and leadership experiences that build essential success skills in three areas: foundation, integration and translation.

Foundation: Discipline-based skills in the career interest area. Foundation components include course work, academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, and access to seminars, discussions, debates and other opportunities to acquire content knowledge in a chosen discipline.

Integration: Interpersonal communication skills required to effectively engage and work successfully with people. Integration activities include: life skill enhancement courses, capstone courses, service learning and team building experiences, student professional development workshops, as well as life skill enhancement and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and industry partners.

Translation: Opportunities to work with industry partners to apply learning to actual work scenarios as part of a high quality training experience. Translation involves participation in industry internships, international immersion experiences, job shadowing, industry site visits, panel discussions, peer and professional mentoring, and mock interviews.