DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Ontenncia Boclear

As someone passionate about making a difference, Ontenncia Boclear said working as an Extension agent in Carroll County is a perfect fit for her.

Ontenncia oversees the Family and Consumer Science program and helps with 4-H Youth Development in the county.

“I really enjoy working with the 4-H’ers,” Ontenncia said. “Just seeing the look on their faces when they learn something new is so rewarding.”

Before working for Extension, Ontenncia obtained her master’s degree in early childhood development and taught preschool for eight years. Based on these experiences, she thought her current job would be exciting.

“Since I had been in a teaching environment for quite some time, working with both 4-H and the general public sounded attractive,” Ontenncia said.

Ontenncia loves to make connections with people in Carroll County and across the state.

“My ultimate goal is to reach as many people as possible,” Ontenncia said. “I want to give people the opportunity to learn about new things and develop new skills, and to provide them with all the information they need.”

Before joining the Extension family, Ontenncia knew very little about the 4-H program, other than what she had read. This led to her two children (18-year-old AJ and 12-year-old Ashlyn) getting involved in their county club.

“As far as the future of Extension goes, I see growth,” Ontenncia said. “I see programs developing and growing bigger and better. As industries and society evolve, I foresee programs evolving with it.”

After hours, Ontenncia enjoys spending time with her family and doing arts and crafts. She enjoys this hobby so much that she tries to incorporate it into her job. For example, she has taught wreath-making and sewing classes.

“I really love this job,” Ontenncia said. “I have wonderful coworkers that welcomed me with open arms. I know that I am here to stay because MSU Extension is my home.”

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