College of Human Sciences Hosts First Conference for Extension Service

Agents from 48 counties learn about West Texas research, education opportunities.

Written by: Georgia Godfrey

Texas Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Agents from around the West Texas region will gather for three days of technology training, seminars and workshops on new information and research.

The College of Human Sciences will host the agents in its building Aug. 14-16 to facilitate the dissemination of research information throughout West Texas counties.

"The College of Human Sciences conducts the research and collects the information that these FCS Agents utilize in their daily community outreach," said Linda Hoover, dean of the College of Human Sciences. "Our goal with this conference is to provide these local FCS Agents with the tools needed to inform the families and youth within their counties."

Youth Health & Development: The Critical Need for Partnership and Cross Discipline Collaboration is the conference theme, focusing this year on families.

County FCS agents offer researched-based information to county residents, focusing information on raising children, housing and environmental issues, nutrition, money management and preventative health. The College of Human Sciences is the leading research arm in Texas to offer these agents the most recent and innovative programs.

"We are excited about this opportunity to develop a network between the Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Texas Cooperative Extension. We feel such a partnership will lead to strengthened educational programs in the communities in our three North Texas Extension districts," said Joan Chandler, north regional program director for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Cooperative Extension. "We are all committed to changing families for the better."

Agents from the Panhandle, Rolling Plains, and South Plains districts of Texas will attend the conference. Also in attendance are employees with the West Texas AHEC Program, a part of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Experts in the College of Human Sciences will present specific information on marriage and family therapy, career pathways, early head start, addiction and recovery and more. Other presenters include specialists with Texas Cooperative Extension as well as representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Health Sciences Center, the West Texas Parenting Education Network and the Texas Beef Council.

The College of Human Sciences provides multidisciplinary education, research and service focused on individuals, families, and their environments for the purpose of sustaining and enhancing people’s lives.

CONTACT: Georgia Godfrey, coordinator for college development and external relations, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3263, or