Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) division is ranked 14 out of 50 in the nation by Greatvaluecolleges.net based on its educational programs and cost affordability.
The Human Sciences department houses the FCS programs and provides intertwined hands-on experience and lecture courses. TAMUK offers four Bachelor of Science and two Master of Science degrees, which cover class instruction, leadership, research, and problem solving. The most utilized resource is the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children (MCCYC). Students studying nutrition, merchandising, and forms of social services have the privilege to work side-by-side with staff members and put their studies to the test.
Dr. William Kuvlesky Jr., assistant dean and interim chair for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences said, “This is a reflection of our department and our great students. A small program, the smallest in the university is so engaged because of its small classes. Students feel like they’re part of a family. The experiential learning and opportunistic research allows students to apply what they are learning towards their hands-on experience. I’m proud to be affiliated with such a great educational program.”
The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children is a prime example of gaining familiarity within one’s field. Students are able to fulfill in-depth observations and compare how classroom discussions translate into real life situations. The opportunity to assess and examine behavior patterns, parent and child relationships and diction first hand is a rare advantage TAMUK students have above larger universities.
Interim Director for the MCCYC, Marisol Loredo is amazed that the university is ranked at such a high position on a national level. “To be in the classroom and then engage with children is the best you’ll get…it’s a luxury to give student observations here, learning in the trenches and being able to expose theories and seeing if the discussions match what [students] are learning,” said Loredo.
Jesse Ochoa IV, junior in radio/television/film believes that with this could only mean bigger and better things for TAMUK. “I feel that this recognition will strengthen the foundation of our university. Taking a step towards the betterment of our community’s wellbeing is essential and these programs are doing just that,” Ochoa said.