Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has many different topic areas and strive to improve the lives and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Montana State University Extension offers and provides educational resources in the areas of community health resources, family economics, family and human development, food and nutrition and, housing and environmental health.


Meals in Minutes

Afternoon class: Wednesday, January 29 from 1pm-3pm
Evening class: Thursday, January 30 from 6pm-8pm
(two class time offerings, classes are exactly the same)

Join us for an interactive and hands-on workshop learning how to prepare family meals in minutes using electric pressure cookers. We will be making food to eat at the conclusion of class. Please feel free to bring a snack if you need. Register as an individual for $20 or grab a friend and register as a team for $30.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Pressure cooker shopping tips
  • No fear pressure cooking
  • Food preparation pointers
  • Food demonstrations
  • Recipe booklets and samples
  • Food safety

A completed Meal in Minutes registration with payment will reserve your spot.

Read on the Money - Book Club Via Video Conference

When it comes to your own personal financial management, do you feel like you are alone and floundering? Have you learned financial lessons the hard way or do you live in fear that you might? Do you ponder your money management and think, “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?” From Monday, January 13 to February 17, you have a chance to “go back to school” and learn money management concepts. As a bonus, you can attend this class without ever leaving your home. So, cozy up on “Money Mondays” this winter from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and connect to this 5-part series called, Read on the Money, via WebEx video conferencing.

Registration is open now and the $15 registration includes the book, Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? 99 Personal Money Management Lessons to Live By written by Cary Siegel, class study guides, supplemental materials and access to the join each class via webinar. Register for Read on the Money. Class size will be limited to the first 35 with completed registration and payment.

To join in the video conference participants will need access to internet and a device (phone, tablet, computer) with a webcam. Alternatively, registrants may participate in audio only through a phone line, but it would be preferable to have access to a computer to view the class materials during the book club discussion. Access the class from home or anywhere with an internet connection.

The course is brought to you by MSU Extension in Cascade and Teton Counties and will be led by educators, Katrin Finch and Jane Wolery. Explore a variety of money management concepts together, share your lessons learned and learn from others in this interactive format. Invest your time and attention this winter to make a difference in your financial outlook with Read on the Money.

If you have questions, please call Katrin Finch at 406-454-6980 or Jane Wolery at 406-466-2492 or email or

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers program provides information and education for friends and relatives acting as caregivers for an adult with chronic medical conditions.

Join us for 2 hours each Tuesday for six weeks and gain tools, knowledge and support to help you take better care of yourself to enable you to continue to be an effective caregiver.

This weekly series of classes is taught by certified class leaders Katrin Finch and Jona McNamee.

Date: Tuesdays, January 28-March 3
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Great Falls Public Library
301 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401

Cost: FREE


Register for Powerful Tools For Caregivers!

You CAN! Canning Classes - Coming Fall 2020

You CAN! canning classes is a four week series of classes where you will learn a variety of food preservation techniques. We'll cover jams, jellies, pickles, salsa, meats, vegetables, dehydration, and freezing. 

Dining With Diabetes - Coming Spring 2020

Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

In a series of four classes, cooking demonstrations will help you learn healthy techniques to use in your own kitchen. The program includes sampling healthy foods and discussion with a dietitian or certified diabetes educator, plus a follow-up reunion class held at a later date.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with concerns about diabetes or anyone interested in controlling blood sugar is encouraged to participate and to bring a family member, friend, caregiver, or other support person.


Interested in attending classes offered by MSU Cascade County Extension? Be sure to complete the contact me form and we will send you an email on upcoming classes in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences!


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Food Safety Classes

ServSafe Food Safety is offered through the MSU Cascade County Extension Office we provide the following classes:

  • ServSafe Food Manger Exam Proctoring
    • Please contact Katrin Finch at 406-454-6980 for details on the next proctoring session
  • ServSafe Food Handler Class (4 hour class)
    • Food handler course is a brief overview of the following topics: personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross contamination, and cleaning and sanitizing
  • ServSafe Food Manager Class (8 hours class)
    • The food manager course is an in-depth look at food safety and cover the following topics: safe food, forms of contamination, the flow of food, food safety management systems, safe facilities, and cleaning and sanitizing.
    • For questions regarding regulation and requirements please contact the local sanitarians. In Cascade County please contact the environmental Health Office at 406-454-6950
    • For more details on the ServSafe Food Manager class visit the ServSafe website
    •  To register for an upcoming ServSafe Food Manager Class in Cascade County visit our ServSafe registration page.

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Food Preservation Classes

You Can! Canning Class Series - Learn the basics of water bath, pressure canning, and so much more. Classes will include jam/jelly, pickles, salsa, canning vegetables, and canning meats.

CHECK OUT THE NEWLY REVISED MONTGUIDES FOR FOOD PRESERVATION (Food preservation MontGuides can be found on the MSU Publications website )


Interested in attending classes offered by MSU Cascade County Extension? Be sure to complete the contact me form and we will send you an email on upcoming classes in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences!



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                                                                     Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) Support Group

Today in Montana, there are over 6,600 kinship caregivers providing care to children without parental support. This group was formed to provide support and education for the kinship caregivers right here in Cascade County. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project was established in 2002 and has taken many forms across the state, most recently changing its name to the Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP). For more information at the state level visit the Montana Kinship Navigator Program (GRG) website or email . For more information about the MTKNP Support Group in Cascade County please contact the MSU Cascade County Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email


Interested in attending classes offered by MSU Cascade County Extension? Be sure to complete the contact me form and we will send you an email on upcoming classes in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences!



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                                                                           Family Economics/Financial Management Classes

  • SolidFinances
    • Solid Finances is series of free financial education webinars. The webinars are designed to empower you to take control of your finances by improving your knowledge of personal finance topics. 
  • Marlin the Monkey - financial education for youngsters! Explore the world of earn, save, spend from Marlin's point of view - collect as many bananas you can through a story telling experience!
  • Who Wants to be a Credit Score Millionaire - financial education for teens and adults! Learn about how complex credit scores can be! Topics include what can effect your credit score as well as how to use your credit wisely. Contact Katrin Finch for more information!

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Health and Human Development Classes

  • DEEP (Diabetes Education Empowerment Program)
  • Walking With Ease
  • Assistive Devices
  • Dining With Diabetes

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Other Information and MSU MontGuides

For more information published by MSU Extension feel free to visit our website at MSU Extension Publication Store


Interested in attending classes offered by MSU Cascade County Extension? Be sure to complete the contact me form and we will send you an email on upcoming classes in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences!