The university being a storage, generator and disseminator of knowledge, should make an impact on the community within its reach. Although its graduates will naturally be involved in the development of the community where they work and live, there are a lot more people who were not able to have formal university training, and need outside help to make them productive members of the community
It is in this light that the university has the CEC. This office acts as the university’s arm in directly reaching out to the people in the community who need help – technical, financial, and moral - to improve their living conditions.
This mandate is carried out by means of programs, like: training and non-formal education for NGO's, POs, and individuals. This is done through non-degree training programs, extending technical assistance, and extending financial assistance, if possible.
Through extension, the university shall contribute to the development of empowered citizenry capable of making rational decisions pertaining to the improvement of their livelihood, work productively and efficiently, and be a confident part of the mainstream society in their community.
Through its Community Extension Center, Northwestern University shall play an instrumental role in helping communities in need become productive and capable of making informed decisions for the improvement of their socio-economic well-being.
Northwestern University, through the CEC shall make available to the intended target communities its resources, intellectual capabilities, and technology bank. These maybe shared or loaned to induce awareness, higher productivity and efficiencies of the target clientele. It shall also be its duty to induce changes in the socio – economic aspects of their lives to give them a more balanced existence.
By 2008, the university, through the CEC, shall have:
The CEC is mandated to:
Key Program Areas
The CEC shall contribute to social progress and sustainable development by aligning its projects along these programs:
Activities are geared towards training beneficiaries on more labor and cost efficient methods of doing livelihood projects, and if possible, provide means to start a project.
Researches are aimed on the improvement of extension programs delivery and the effectiveness of new technologies adopted in bringing socio-economic changes to the community.
Values guiding the operation of the center should be anchored firmly on Christian values. Every extension worker must realize that each individual has a role to play, and are equally important to God. Values that must be imbued on all extension staff are: