Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC) is an educational non-profit association that provides research-generated information and educational programs designed to build strong and vibrant communities. With funding and resources from Nassau County, New York State through Cornell University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and grant partnerships, CCE in Nassau County has been disseminating information since 1914.

Our Mission

Nassau County Cornell Cooperative Extension is committed to building healthy lifestyles and healthy communities by conducting educational programs that connect Cornell University resources to community needs for all people in the county.

Our Values

Lifetime learning for all – CCE believes that it is never too soon or too late to learn.

Respect for all – CCE is an inclusive organization that respects all individuals. There is diversity in staff, participants and programming.

Teamwork and Collaboration – CCE optimizes resources and program outcomes through teamwork and collaboration both within and outside of the organization.

Empowerment – CCE provides individuals with the skills and knowledge that will motivate them to take action to improve their lives.

Integrity – CCE adheres to the highest standards in all aspects of the organization.

Our Historical Roots…

The Land Grant Act, signed into law on July 2, 1862, by President Abraham Lincoln, provided grants of federal lands to states and territories to help establish colleges that would offer practical education for all citizens. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 recognized the value of this early work in New York and other states, as it established the formal relationship among federal, state, and local governments to support Extension work that continues today. Cornell University provides overall leadership as New York’s land grant institution and, by statute, as agent for the state in this three-way partnership. In 1914 through NYS County Law 224, Nassau County began its Cooperative Extension program under the leadership of community citizens who formed the first board of directors.