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Testimonials From Our Students

Abbey Peterson

Design & Merchandising, 2011

Associate Manager, Maurices

Abbey Peterson, from Burke, S.D., graduated from Chadron State College in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and an option in Design and Merchandising.

The experience Abbey gained from the FCS program helped prepare her for a job opportunity right out of college. While working in Chadron, Neb., she met an interviewer from the fashion retailer Maurices. The interviewer was in town to hire employees for the new store that opened in Chadron in the fall of 2011. The Maurices representative was impressed by the way Abbey conducted herself while helping her customers, and asked her to take part in an interview.

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Kelsey Arneson

Human Services

Lifeways, Inc.

“Since leaving CSC I started working for a non-profit organization in Rapid City, S.D., called Lifeways in August of 2010. They are a drug and alcohol intervention and prevention agency that works in the high schools and middle schools. The first year I worked as an administrative assistant learning the ins and outs of the agency; it was not what I wanted to do but fresh out of college I needed a job!

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Tonia (Rippen) Hazlett

Design & Merchandising

SCAT Designs / home school mother

“I have found the FCS classes I took all those years ago have definitely come in helpful being a mom, a homemaker, and a home school teacher to my kids. The nutrition course I took was helpful when our 3-year-old daughter was anemic a few years ago when she had some immune system issues. I knew which foods were rich in iron, protein, and vitamins for her.

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Elizabeth Gill

“The learning environment for the kids at the CDC here at Chadron State College was wonderful, they got to go outside and play, and they got to ask questions that they would find the answers to. They learned about the weather, math and social skills. I think that the CDC is a wonderful place to have a child spend his/her time when they are younger and want to explore the world.”

FCS Mission

The mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences academic program is to engage students in learning the theories and practicing the professional skills needed to empower individuals and families throughout the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a complex world.

FCS Outcomes

Students in this program will develop knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes so they will be able to:

  • Analyze factors which contribute to the development of healthy individuals throughout the lifespan (conception through old age).
  • Analyze nutrition and life course choices which influence lifespan wellness.
  • Assess the relationship between managing resources (time, energy, money) and achieving personal or family goals.
  • Apply critical and creative thinking skills in addressing individual and family problems and issues in diverse environments.
  • Describe the physical, emotional, mental and social development of children.
  • Illustrate the role food, clothing, and shelter play in individual and family consumerism and resource management.
  • Summarize the history of the FCS profession as well as the multiple career paths available to FCS graduates.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes in a professional work experience.

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