Family and Consumer Sciences
Oklahoma Home and Community Education is committed to educating Oklahomans about family and consumer issues, providing community service, and bringing friends together. With more than 5,000 members, OHCE has a strong history of promoting family values and shaping the community. OHCE members are adults of all ages who are interested in continuing their education on issues affecting family and developing life skills.
OCES county educators in Family and Consumer Sciences work closely with local OHCE groups to bring the latest research-based information from Oklahoma State University to each community. OHCE county, district, and state officers maintain a strong educational partnership with OCES-FCS county educators and district and state specialists.
At local monthly meetings club activities are discussed and a lesson is presented by an OHCE volunteer. The lessons often come from educational information provided by OCES-FCS. Lesson topics cover areas such as cultural enrichment, health, nutrition, parenting, and financial management.
Members develop leadership and public speaking skills through OHCE education. Elected positions in county, district, or state OHCE also provide members an opportunity to take leadership roles within the organization. Members' dedication to community service and life-long learning is often recognized with awards throughout the organization.
Local OHCE groups plan activities each year aimed at community improvement. Projects are selected based on community need. Many groups support local women's shelters and the Red Ribbon Campaign, which promotes drug abuse awareness. Others are involved in conducting health fairs and promoting character education.
Fundraisers provide money to support local scholarships. Payne County OHCE awards (2) $1500 scholarships to high school seniors and they award the Gloria Hesser Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding 4-H member who is a high school senior.
Members of local groups share a common bond. They may be interested in learning about nutrition or financial management, want to develop their parenting or grandparenting skills, or focus on helping certain groups in their community. These common interests provide connections, create a support system, and form long-lasting friendships.
Dea Rash the Payne County's Family and Consumer Sciences Educator is involved in the following activities and teaches the following programs:
- Adviser for Oklahoma Home and Community Education Clubs in Payne County
- Teaches the state-mandated class, Co-Parenting for Resilience for divorcing parents with minor children
- Basic Hands-On Canning Workshop
- "Cooking Together is Fun" Youth Cooking School
- Salsa Canning Workshop
- PRIDE Customer Service Program
- OHCE educational programs (leader lessons) for local group lesson leaders (these are taught monthly)
- Tests Presto brand pressure canner lids for accuracy
- Works closely with 4-H Educator to plan & conduct FCS-related 4-H events and activities
such as 4-H Food Show, 4-H Food Showdown, 4-H Dress Revue & Dress to Impress, public
speaking events and record books