Rural System, Inc.
 Sustained rural lands; sustained profits

The Line
What is the Rural System Line?

Since before the emergence of the Land-Grant University concept and that of an Extension Service, there has been an emphasis on teaching, research, and extension or some generalized concept of "outreach," application, service, and relevant use of knowledge. This has been viewed by many in different ways - simply as 3 fingers held up in speeches, 3 arrow-related corners of a triangle, and as a triangle balanced, teetering, on a point near the center of gravity among the three topics at the corners of the triangle.

New pressures from regions of education-quality, educational technology, energy-shortage risks, tax bases, student numbers, modes of publication, and a changing work force now have reshaped that image. It is hardly recognizable. Simple analogies and forms no longer are relevant.

A time line here suggests how The Line provides qualified youth of the City and region opportunities to engage in quality work experience on System projects. After work on contract research projects, students integrate their profit-producing concepts and thesis/dissertations products into the enterprise during the next year, then decisions are made about future work.

We believe we see a new pattern that is needed and are beginning to test and develop a solution system for the near future. We call it the Rural System Line (hereinafter the Line). It is a cascade over many years. It includes meaningful work for high school junior and seniors during summers; co-op-like work for students in the college (work-study on campus); Master of Science and Ph.D. degree projects as requested and contracted with Rural System (especially for those having done co-op work); and contracted post-graduate employment for at least one year to test, prove, and make operational within the enterprise the thesis or project results from the contract.

The Line works with youth of the area, reducing their losses to "the outside" and increasing the payoffs from early involvement in career choice, from active participation in desirable projects, and from having a meaningful base from which to work while in college. No more "dusty books on the shelf" from our contract work. Students have a job when they finish school and have incentives for good work for they know their projects must "work." Of course, after project completion, they are free to pursue work elsewhere. Rural System will try to retain superior workers. Research opportunities will be available to others who are not involved with The Line.

The line proposes to work with the Australian Hawkesbury principles.
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... for the good of us all
... for a long time.

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