Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension is made up of human scientists (i.e., county educators and extension specialists) from Oklahoma State University who focus on issues that affect our daily lives. These issues include: Health, Hunger, Environment, Finances, Family Breakdown, Jobs and Employment, Resilience, Risky Behaviors and Safety. We work closely with Extension’s 4-H to support positive youth development in the state. We work together as issue teams to bring the best science to solving problems and enhancing lives.
The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to help Oklahoma’s families, youth, and individuals develop and grow in safe and healthy ways. This is approached through research-based education that focuses on building upon our understanding of the different aspects of their lives and how they affect others. We survey the population in Oklahoma in each county through issue scanning and our local program advisory committees (PACs) to learn about their needs and how we can help provide education that helps people improve society and the economy.
What is an FCS County Educator?
Each county in Oklahoma has a Family and Consumer Science County Educator. These educators work with the county, district, and state in order to bring needed resources and education to areas all around Oklahoma. Each county has a variety of issues they are facing and the FCS County Educators are specially trained in addressing these issues through education and outreach to the community. They also serve as county advisors to the Oklahoma Home & Community Education, Inc. (OHCE) and can be involved other community organizations that serve to help others.
What is an FCS Program Leader?
The FCS Program Leader is the Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in charge of the Family and Consumer Sciences programs in the state. The FCS Program Leader serves as State Advisor to OHCE and directs the work of the State Specialists who design programs for the public and train all the FCS County Educators. Since each county has different needs and addresses different issues, the programs they deliver can vary widely. It is then the responsibility of FCS Program Leader that the programs are being presented according to research-based curricula and resources and that the community needs of the people we serve are addressed.
What is an FCS District Program Specialist?
Oklahoma is split into districts that encompass all the counties in the state. Each of these districts house different populations ranging from urban to rural and wealthy to poor. It is the responsibility of the FCS District Program Specialist to make sure that all counties are up to date on their program specifics and that the FCS County Educators are up to date on their certifications and trainings. They also serve as the district advisors to the Oklahoma Home & Community Education, Inc. (OHCE).
What is an FCS State Specialist?
FCS State Specialists are OSU faculty members who have gone through extensive research and training in their specialized field. These different fields include: Food and Nutrition, Gerontology & Aging Issues, Housing, Leadership Development & Family Policy, Community Nutrition Education Programs, Money Management, Emergency Preparedness, and Children & Families, among others. It is the job of the State Specialist to make sure that all programs are presented correctly and that the counties and districts are reaching their goals. Since each county has different needs the State Specialist must be in contact with FCS County Educators all over the state to address any issues pertaining to existing and future educational needs.
What is OHCE?
OHCE provides continuing education for members. OHCE stands for the Oklahoma Home & Community Education, Inc. OHCE is a state-wide organization that helps individual members, their families and communities develop a higher level of living through education. OHCE’s ultimate mission is to educate its members to be well-informed and able to handle change in their homes and communities. This organization is very well positioned to develop community leaders and informed citizens through research based educational programs. Through the partnership with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OHCE is able to provide further opportunities to apply community service projects statewide.
What are CE-FCS Ambassadors?
Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Ambassadors is an association supporting Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service with youth and family programs. FCS Ambassadors are committed to enhancing the economic and personal well-being of Oklahoma families and youth through research based information. This is done through providing support, becoming involved and providing counsel to better educate Oklahoma’s youth and families. Learn more about FCS Ambassadors today. You can support FCS at any time.
Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension has an extensive menu of educational programs focusing on statewide initiatives to help improve the lives of all Oklahomans.
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- Improving health, reducing hunger, and strengthening Community Nutrition Education Programs (CNEP)
- Increasing your home and farm safety and protecting our environment
- Supporting family and child resilience
- Improving your finance and job readiness skills
- Learning for life through a local chapter of the Oklahoma Home & Community Education,