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  • PSU hosts FACS Career Day

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  • Pittsburg State was all about the “FACS and the Furious” on Tuesday. With PSU student volunteers leading tour groups with checkered flags, groups named after high-performance vehicles, and a car theme throughout, the FACS Career Day was revved up to host visiting students. What’s the facts about FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences)? Well, it’s not your mother’s Home Economics. “We were at the point in the field we were running from the Home Ec name. People didn’t understand that was appropriate for back then,” said Duane Whitbeck, PSU’s chairman of the FACS department. “That is where we came from, emphasis on from. We’ve transformed into meeting the needs of what the society now needs.” Specifically, the tours and programs and more were all meant to show students not only about the undergraduate programs in the FACS department, like Early Childhood Development, Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design, but also about other programs in related fields. That’s part of the reason the tour and programs included a few meetings at the Kansas Technology Center. “Of these high school students, a high number are coming to Pittsburg State for classes, but not that many choose FACS. It’s part of our goal to introduce them to PSU, and what programs are offered here,” Whitbeck said. “We’ve got our foot in a lot of different doors, and we want to communicate to people what those doors are and what they can get into.” The numbers were actually down a little this year. But that’s by design — more than 200 asked to come beyond the limit organizers put on the event, but were turned away. “We do this every year. It’s number 16, if I remember right. The smallest was the first year, when we had about 30. The largest was 350, which we’ve had for the last few years,” Whitbeck said. “We cut it down to about 270 students because we’re trying to do a bit more interesting, exciting things, and we needed a few more resources to pull in and use. Three hundred and fifty was more than we could handle. We’re trying to find the right size.” Students from schools in Oklahoma, Missouri and as far away as Garden City were interested in the event, but many did not get signed up before the cut-off. But that goes to show the interest in such an event. “[FACS is] more a focus on careers now and finding a work-life balance,” Whitbeck said. “There’s more of a focus on the day-to-day things people need for their careers, but how to balance that with the rest... Our teacher ed program has 100 percent placement. All of our [FACS] programs are in the high 90s. It you want to be in interior design, they’re finding jobs there. If they’re wanting early childhood, they’re finding good-paying jobs there... They’re finding jobs when others are having a hard time.”
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