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Faculty Member Receives State Grant to Update Family Consumer Science Program Frameworks

Associate Professor Jill Conlon to collaborate with two Minnesota teachers on project.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-17-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato associate professor Jill Conlon, in collaboration with teachers Debra Larson (Anoka High School) and Karen Smith (Monticello Middle School), was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to facilitate a statewide initiative to update grades 5-12 family consumer science programs.

The purpose of the project will be to convene teachers from around the state to align and update outdated Minnesota family and consumer sciences frameworks with current national family and consumer sciences standards. The new frameworks will serve as guidelines for identifying student outcomes and critical thinking skills needed in education for today’s youth.

The collaborate work of Conlon, who is chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and educators in the field of family and consumer science, is intended to strengthen the life-skills education of many students, families and communities in Minnesota. 

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is part of the University’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota State Mankato website for family and consumer sciences at, or contact Conlon by email at or by phone at 507-389-5924.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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