The focus of the FCS program is to improve individual and family behaviors, and community well-being. Agents offer programs aimed at  providing education and resources relating to food  and nutrition, health and wellness, and a wide range of family issues such as changing family structures, inter-generational relations; human response to stress and crisis; family laws, finance and economics; and decision-making.

For more information about these topics or available programs please contact the MSU Yellowstone County Extension Office and speak with Family & Consumer Science Agent, Sara Fluer.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

QPR Gatekeeper Training

Description:  QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based suicide prevention training.  Participants will learn how to develop the skills and confidence to identify the warning signs of suicide and provide help to someone in crisis.  This program is part of a research study being conducted by Montana State University.  Participation in this research is voluntary and anonymous.

Available Program Dates 

  • Thursday, January 19 -  11:30am - 1pm - Registration Deadline January 12
  • Wednesday, February 15 - 11:30am - 1pm -  Registration Deadline February 8
  • Wednesday, March 29 - 11:30am - 1pm -  Registration Deadline March 22

Location: 

  • 4-H Building @ MetraPark ~ 308 6th Ave North, Billings, MT

Fee: This program is FREE

Register:  https://tinyurl.com/mr4xxff9.  Each class is limited to 20 participants.

StrongPeople

Description:  StrongPeople is an evidence-based strength training program designed for older adults who want to stay strong, fit, and healthy. Each class progresses through a series of 8-10 exercises focused on resistance training, balance, and flexibility.

Program Date(s) & Location: 

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting January 31 through April 20
  • 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Laurel Senior Center (720 S 4th Street, Laurel, MT)

Registration:  Prospective participants are encouraged to attend an informational session on this program on Tuesday, December 6, at 10am at Laurel Senior Center  to learn about the program and how to enroll.

Please contact Yellowstone County Extension at 406-256-2828 for further instructions and to request a registration packet if you are unable to attend this session.  Participants may be asked to seek approval from medical provider before beginning physical activity.

Registration Deadline:  January 24 (registration packet and payment must be received)

Fee:  $15

Checks should be made payable to “MSU Extension” and either delivered in-person during business hours or mailed with registration packet to the following address:  301 N 27th Street, Suite 330, Billings, MT 59101.  Credit card payment is not available.

 

ServSafe Food Manager

Description:  ServSafe is administered by the National Restaurant Association and is designed for local food service managers/employees.  Stay current on the latest food safety information – topics covered in this training include personal hygiene, cross-contamination, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitizing.  Participants will be taking the ServSafe exam as part of course completion. 

Program Date(s) & Location: 

  • Wednesday, February 22
  • 8:30am – 5pm
  • 4-H Building at MetraPark (308 6th Avenue North, Billings, MT)

Registration:  No later than February 1, register at https://tinyurl.com/389fswat.  Class is limited to 15 participants. 

Fee:  $125.  Must be received by February 1.  Includes course book and exam. 

Checks should be made payable to “MSU Extension” and either delivered in-person during business hours or mailed to the following address:  301 N 27th Street, Suite 330, Billings, MT 59101.  Credit card payment is not available.