Making room for Space

Kylie Space, left, is shown the Oklahoma 4-H manual on her first day as the Garvin County 4-H Program Assistant. Going over the manual with Space is OSU Extension Director Melissa Koesler.
News Star photo by Jeff Shultz

By Jeff Shultz

A new face is gracing Garvin County as OSU Extension Service welcomed Kylie Space as their new program assistant, a position most recently held by Tracie Mullendore, who moved back to her home state of Nebraska.
Space graduated from East Central University in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.
“I was in 4-H through middle school. I showed goats mostly but also did Impressive Dress, and fiddled with entomology,” Space told the News Star.
Having a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, as well as an agricultural and 4-H background is a big plus for Space as she will be assisting the OSU Extension staff with educational programming.
A 2015 graduate of Wellston High School, Space worked for the Family and Consumer Sciences Program while in college as well as being active in multiple campus organizations.
In spite of the downsizing of Extension programs statewide due to back-to-back years of budget cuts, the importance of a county presence cannot be overlooked.
Garvin County Extension Director and Educator Melissa Koesler sees the university and county’s support of maintaining the program assistant position as recognition of how vital Extension is in our state.
“We are happy to have Kylie join our team. In her first two days she has already shown a great deal of initiative and enthusiasm. I am excited to see where our program goes with her on board.”
Space is committed to the mission of Extension and her role. “First and foremost I want to help our (extension) educators,” she said.
Much of her focus will be on the 4-H program in the county, to maintain it’s strong presence, continue its growth and is eager to serve Garvin County. “I want to get to know the communities and see how I can be of an assistance and use the skills I have acquired to improve Garvin County 4-H and Extension. I’m really excited to see what the future holds for me and for Extension!”