Katrin Finch serves as the Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member at the MSU Extension Office in Cascade County.
Katrin is available upon request to teach groups by contacting her at 406-454-6980 or by email.
Programs and Classes Available
Program Category Classes available
Family Economics & Financial Management Solid Finances, Marlin the Monkey, Who Wants to be a Credit Score Millionaire
Food & Nutrition Food Preservation Fridays!, Meals in Minutes, YOU CAN series
Food Safety ServSafe 8 hour Managers, ServSafe Food Handlers, Food Pantry Food Handler Training
Health & Human Development Dining with Diabetes
Montana Kinship Navigator Program Discussion and Education Group
Powerful Tools For Caregivers 6-Week Series, Discussion & Education Group
Additional Resources FCS MontGuides, MontGuide Authored or Co-Authored by Katrin Finch
Interested in attending classes offered by Cascade County MSU Extension?
Be sure to complete the contact me form and we will send you an email on upcoming
Family and Consumer Sciences classes! 

Family Economics and Financial Management Classes

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Upcoming Finance Classes

Email Katrin Finch to schedule your class today!


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

Marlin the Monkey offers 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

Who Wants to be a Credit Score Millionaire provides 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.

Ready to schedule your financial readiness class? Contact Katrin by phone (406) 454-6980 or email.


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Food & Nutrition Classes

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Food Preservation Fridays!


Date: Every Friday September 11-October 9, 2020

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost: FREE!

*All classes will be online*

MSU Extension food preservers will share the science and preservation best practices on the following topics:

  • Fermentation 101
  • Water bath canning 101
  • Atmospheric steam canning 101
  • Pressure canning 101
  • Freezing and drying 101
  • Sausage making 101

A Food Preservation Fridays current class schedule and to register for sessions is available.
For more food preservation recommendations be sure to check out the MSU Extension Facebook Page or the local MSU Extension Cascade County Extension Facebook Page!

Additional Resources: Food preservation MontGuides can be found on the Montana State University Publications website

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Meals in Minutes

Electric Pressure Cooking Class


**Coming October 2020**

Join us for an interactive and hands-on workshop learning how to prepare family meals in minutes using electric pressure cookers.

Topics to be covered include:

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

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Food Safety Classes

Food Pantry Food Handler (2 hour class)

Food pantry food handler course is specific to food panties. This course covers receiving and distributing donations, food storage, controlling time and temperature, personal hygiene, and cleaning and sanitizing. This class does is not affiliated with ServSafe, it is intended to offer basic food safety training specifically for food pantries and like establishments.

Class date/time: Wednesday, September 23 from 9am-11am OR Thursday, September, 24 from 1pm - 3pm

To register for an upcoming Food Pantry Food Handler class in Cascade County complete the registration form.

ServSafe Food Manger Exam Proctoring

Please contact Katrin Finch at 406-454-6980 for details on the next proctoring session.

ServSafe Food safety logo

8-Hour Manager Certification Class



September 22 *ClassFull, October 13 *Class Full, November 9 *Class Full, December 8

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $125

Online Registration is Open

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

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.

Additional Resources:

  • 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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Health and Human Development Classes


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Dining with Diabetes

**Classes Coming Soon**

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 Can 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.


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Montana Kinship Navigator Program (MTKNP) Discussion & Education Group

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Upcoming Discussion & Education Group


Date: Third Wednesday of every month from September 2020 - May 2021

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE! Participate online or phone by using Zoom

Registration for the MTKNP support and eduction group is required.



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 mtknp@montana.edu .

For more information about the MTKNP please contact the MSU Cascade County Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email katrin.finch@montana.edu

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes

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6-Week Series

Date: January 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Online via WebEx (class details provided upon registration)

Cost: FREE!

Registration Deadline: TBD

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 six two hour classes and to 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.

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Additional Resources

Montana State University MontGuide

MSU MontGuides

What is a MontGuide

Current information in a concise format on topics relevant to you published by MSU Extension. Feel free to visit our website at MSU Extension Publication Store for an expanded list of MontGuide topics.




Family and Consumer Sciences specific MontGuides

Business & Community Development

Family Financial Management

Family & Human Development

Nutrition and Health

Housing and Environmental Health

MontGuides Authored or Co-Authored by Katrin Finch

Seeking Private Guardianship for a Minor in Montana-MT201906HR

Kinship Caregivers Raising Relative Children Navigating the resources MT201813HR

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Connect via the MSU Cascade County Extension Facebook page and watch local news media to learn about Family and Consumer Science classes and programs happening in your area.

Want to request a program?

Katrin Finch serves as the Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member at the MSU Extension Office in Cascade County. She is available to teach by request for groups by contacting her at 406-454-6980 or by 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!


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.