The current vision for the Family Education Center (FEC) is to strengthen inter-personal relationships between parents and their children, teachers, and community members. It is to be a clearinghouse where people could call and find out where they can find community programs to help them. It would help provided parents and teachers with effective tools to build healthy, rewarding relationships so their children can grow up with what they need to thrive and succeed. The FEC would also be involved in the development of new approaches to Family Life Education through a variety of mediums.
Dr. Merrrill & Jim Fay Dr. James Bird Dr. Randy Chatelain
Students are involved by creating workshops that are delivered in the community and also doing practicum work at various community agencies.
The FEC main project would be to coordinate the Families Alive Conference. The Literacy grant and Marriage Initiative grant would be placed under the FEC also. Other projects/services would include but are not limited to:
Services for Individuals, Couples and Families
Relationship Enhancement (Relationship skills training facility)
Marriage and Family Education
Services for Parents and Families
Grief and Loss
Resources for childcare centers & family with behavioral difficulties/challenges
Under represented population
Looking at programs for Latino families, Asian families, etc.
Crystal Knippers Dr. Mark Adams Dr. Jack Rasmussen Jeff Tesch
The Family Education Center was approved as part of the College of Education in 1984 and was to be housed in the Department of Child and Family Studies. It was to be a resource center that housed a variety of programs to help best educate family members to fulfill their roles more effectively. It was multi-departmental in score. The first director was Luan Ferrin, followed by Donna Bauman and Kay Rawson. It has been difficult to gain funding to sustain a director. Programs that could have been housed under this center have been given to individuals faulty to manage such as Families Alive Conference, the Marriage Initiative Grant, the Literacy Grant, etc.