Extension Agent I
MSU Extension Service
Years in Position: 2.5
Years at MSU: 2.5
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.”
Copy Center Operator
Office of Ag Communications
MSU Extension Service
Years in Position: 1.25
Years at MSU: 1.25
The MSU Extension Office of Agricultural Communications relies on Sayonara Jones for her hard work in the Copy Center.
Sayonara spends her workday operating two industrial-sized printers, one color and one black and white. She also uses a highly specialized software to lay out all types of print jobs for MSU Extension. Jobs can range from holiday or post cards to informational brochures or manuals. Sayonara said she likes that her job is always changing and she is constantly working on something different.
“I just love seeing the look on a client’s face when they see the finished product,” Sayonara said. “The gratification of knowing the client is satisfied has to be my favorite part about this job. I also love that I get to take someone’s artistic vision and bring it to life. It’s like putting their dream on paper.”
Previously, Sayonara lived in Georgia and worked as a hair stylist for 15 years. A Mississippi native, she decided to move home to be closer to her family and obtain her degree.
“While working in University Relations at the Mississippi University for Women, I decided to get my degree in communications,” Sayonara said. “I had the opportunity to learn a lot about publications and doing layouts, so when I saw the posting for this job, I knew I had to apply.”
When Sayonara is not at work, she loves to travel and spend time with her three children. She recently adopted a 4-month-old girl.
“Life is truly a dream right now,” Sayonara said. “I’m a new mom all over again, I love my job, and I get to raise my children in a quiet, secure community. I’m really enjoying life.”
At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.
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