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Oct. 23: Family Consumer Science Workshop

6th Annual FACS to the Max Workshop will be held in Wiecking Center.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-19-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Family Consumer Science will address the shortage of family consumer science educators and introduce new Minnesota FACS frameworks at the 6th Annual FACS to the Max Workshop, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in Minnesota State Mankato’s Wiecking Center.

The workshop is designed for high school and middle school teachers as well as future educators, with continuing education units available for participants.

To open the workshop, Jill Conlon, associate professor and chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family Consumer Science, will join FACS teachers Deb Larson from Anoka, Minn., and Karen Smith from Monticello, Minn., in introducing Minnesota’s new Family and Consumer Sciences Frameworks.

The new frameworks are the result of a Minnesota Department of Education $25,000 grant that Conlon, Larson and Smith received in 2014 to facilitate a statewide initiative to update grades 5-12 family consumer sciences programs.

After the opening presentation, workshop participants will participate in three of 10 available sessions.

One session will be led by Maxine Peterson, a family consumer science specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education. Peterson’s session will highlight current initiatives and projects intended to increase enrollment in family consumer science programs.

Another session led by Wendy Ambrose, executive director of the Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, will address a national initiative and strategies to address the FACS educator shortage.

For more information about the workshop or to request information from any of its presenters, please contact Christine Sieberg, administrative assistant in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family Consumer Science, by phone at 507-389-2421 or by email at

The Department of Family Consumer Science is part of the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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