Design & Merchandising, 2011
Associate Manager, Maurices
Abbey Peterson, from Burke, S.D., graduated from Chadron State College in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and an option in Design and Merchandising.
The experience Abbey gained from the FCS program helped prepare her for a job opportunity right out of college. While working in Chadron, Neb., she met an interviewer from the fashion retailer Maurices. The interviewer was in town to hire employees for the new store that opened in Chadron in the fall of 2011. The Maurices representative was impressed by the way Abbey conducted herself while helping her customers, and asked her to take part in an interview.
Abbey was prepared for her interview. She brought the portfolio she had built during her time at Chadron State College. She considered applying for the store manager position, but decided to apply for the assistant manager position so she could learn more about the company and hone her skills. Abbey received the position as assistant manger for the Maurices store in Chadron.
Abbey was able to get her job quickly in part because of the skills she gained from her Family and Consumer Sciences classes. Abbey speaks highly of the program: “The FCS program teaches you to be a well-rounded person. You learn to be sociable and professional. The FCS program helps you with all aspects of life and teaches you skills to succeed.” She credits the help she received from her professors as well — they wanted to see her succeed.
Abbey entered her new job because she was prepared, even for the unexpected opportunity she received. That’s just one of the many success stories from Chadron State College. When you graduate from CSC, you will be prepared to begin your career in a strong way.
“Since leaving CSC I started working for a non-profit organization in Rapid City, S.D., called Lifeways in August of 2010. They are a drug and alcohol intervention and prevention agency that works in the high schools and middle schools. The first year I worked as an administrative assistant learning the ins and outs of the agency; it was not what I wanted to do but fresh out of college I needed a job!
“In August I was promoted to an advisor, which is exactly what I want to do when I applied at Lifeways. As an advisor I was required to get my Chemical Dependency certification, I have my trainee status and I current work at two of the middle schools in Rapid City. I do chemical dependency prevention and intervention work in those schools.
“I love working with middle school age students — they are amazing. I would have to say this is the perfect job for me! This August I also started the Masters of Addiction Studies Program online through University of South Dakota, it is going great! I love the classes I am taking and am able to use the information in my job immediately! It is now mid-terms and I am happy to say I have a 4.0!
“After completing the Master’s Program I will test to get my Level III Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification in the State of South Dakota. I am very excited about my job and school. So overall since leaving CSC I have been doing very well!”
Design & Merchandising
SCAT Designs / home school mother
“I have found the FCS classes I took all those years ago have definitely come in helpful being a mom, a homemaker, and a home school teacher to my kids. The nutrition course I took was helpful when our 3-year-old daughter was anemic a few years ago when she had some immune system issues. I knew which foods were rich in iron, protein, and vitamins for her.
“I can’t say enough about the FCS classes I took, like Family Strengths, Textiles, Families in Society, Consumer Science, and even Aging and Death. They have all been beneficial to me at some point in time. I would not have the knowledge I have now, if it weren’t for the courses I took in FCS.
“The degree I earned in Family and Consumer Sciences isn’t just a piece of paper that sits on the shelf, it’s a lifestyle lived out each day in my home. It’s passing on to my children what I have learned and the importance of their role in our home, each doing their own part to make it work. I learned determination and hard work from being a Family and Consumer Sciences major, and I wouldn’t go back and change my decision for anything. I can’t say enough about the FCS department at Chadron State College!”
“The learning environment for the kids at the CDC here at Chadron State College was wonderful, they got to go outside and play, and they got to ask questions that they would find the answers to. They learned about the weather, math and social skills. I think that the CDC is a wonderful place to have a child spend his/her time when they are younger and want to explore the world.”
FCS and Health Teacher
"I began my career teaching FCS at Gordon High School in January 1988 with a part-time position. Over time, the program grew into a full-time position with more course offerings because of the varied background I had as a graduate of Chadron State College. Twenty-nine years later, I am in the same system, teaching multiple FCS classes as well as Health at Gordon-Rushville High School. Chadron State College provided me with a solid foundation to build my teaching career. Not only did I develop professional relationships with my instructors at CSC, but I also developed personal relationships that have lasted for many years. I am impressed with how the FCS program has continued to develop to provide many varied opportunities for the students who have pursued a major in Family and Consumer Sciences at Chadron State College. I appreciate the continued support the college has provided. I had the opportunity to lead a Science and Our Food Supply workshop supported by the FDA at Chadron State College in the spring of 2016. After being selected as one of the participants in the FDA training in Washington, DC, I was able to share the curriculum with fellow FCS teachers. The faculty at CSC made it possible for me to use the facilities to present the one day training. I look forward to taking a team from my foods classes to participate in the Eagle Cook-off competition held as a part of Scholastic Day. I am proud to introduce them to the FCS program at Chadron State College. I am pleased to say that the teams from Gordon-Rushville come ready to participate each year and the G-R team was selected as the top team at the cook-off in 2016!"
The mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences academic program is to engage students in learning the theories and practicing the professional skills needed to empower individuals and families throughout the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a complex world.
Students in this program will develop knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes so they will be able to: