Family & Consumer Sciences
FACS Extension Agents provide education in the community and the workplace on critical issues to all Georgians. Educational topics include:
- Financial Security and Economic Well-being
- Foodborne Illness Prevention
- Housing and Environmental Health and Safety
- Child Care, Youth, and Family Development
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
FACS Extension Agents often serve as resources for schools to meet the requirements of Georgia Performance Standards and as providers of basic life skills education. They can:
- Provide health education for all grade levels
- Teach financial planning courses
- Train teachers in proper handwashing concepts to prevent spread of disease
- Teach lessons in nutrition, health and food safety
- Coordinate career fairs for rising juniors and graduating seniors
- Teach life skills that students can use upon entering the workforce.
FACS Agents partner with employers to enhance economic development by educating our present and future workforce. Agents are trained to:
- Provide health education and chronic disease prevention programs that can reduce absenteeism
- Provide required employee training programs such as food safety for restaurant workers and age-appropriate development for child care providers.
- Teach homebuyer education to assist the workplace in acquiring and maintaining affordable, healthy and adequate housing
- Teach life skills that employees need to function effectively in the workplace and to reduce turnover and increase productivity such as managing finances and balancing work/family responsibilities
The information offered by FACS Agents, as well as others in Cooperative Extension, is provided by researchers at The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and other universities across our nation. Business, consumers, and community representatives in each county identify the critical issues that Extension should address and guide the planning and delivery of these programs.