University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Inspired student-centered learning in the classroom and in the real world.
Inspired student-centered learning in the classroom and in the real world.
Student 1: I think I chose to come to Stout because it has a very wide variety of all of the content areas that schools are teaching, and it’s also keeping in touch with some of the very basics in the sewing department, and the very basics in the food department so that you can learn on everything in case you haven’t had an FCE course in high school.
Student 2: Not right out of high school. I started off at a community college, took a couple basic classes for a year, year and a half and then I transferred here.
Student 3: Well, I came to Stout. I was undecided when I came in as a freshman. I kind of had an idea of where I wanted to go, but I wasn’t real definite of my choices, and I knew Stout was a good school. I had heard just through the grapevine that it was a good school, and it was relatively close to home. It’s only about an hour. And then once I get more into the — I took my generals and I learned more about different programs I could go into. I learned about the family and consumer sciences education major. I looked more into that and I was interested in it. There were weaknesses – I wasn’t real good at cooking and stuff, but I knew that if I took the courses, I think I’d do OK. So I signed up to do that, and then I’m also a health and fitness education minor.
Student 4: Well, to be honest, originally, I did not know what I was going to be going into. I came to the Stout campus and something just felt right; something clicked. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but then I actually went to the placement where you could figure out what major would be right for you, and so I took a couple of tests and talked to a councelor and I knew I liked elements of design, I liked working with people, I liked business aspects. So, all these things incorporated led me to teaching in the program of family and consumer science.
Student 3: The family and consumer education major; it’s unique because I really value the fact that there’s a wide range of different content areas. For example, there’s cooking and there’s sewing, there’s family life skills. And then it branches off into more specifics like culinary classes and parents and children and child care assistant classes, so life will never be boring, there’s always going to be something different. So it’s fun. I like the variety.
Student 5: Stout has an awesome background of family and consumer science. The classes that you take bring you right into the course. You’re not stuck taking all your gen eds in the beginning. Girl 2(blonde in brown sweater): It’s such a wide that you could go into something with consumerism, you could go into something with cooking, you could go into something with sewing. I mean you generally have a four year degree in the area, so you could find jobs within any of those areas, and it’s an education. You’re just teaching, so you’re pretty knowledgeable about the subject.
Student 1: I think the uniqueness about this program is that it encompasses so many different areas that it also teaches students the basic skills of life that they need that they’re not getting as much at school anymore.
Student 2: I liked the wide aspect. Like I said, I started off in apparel design. I didn’t find it was fitting for me. I liked the sewing part of it. I always had a passion for cooking. The FACS department always had a lot of wide range. It’s anything from relationships to cooking, to sewing, a wide range of topics that I think are intriguing and are very interesting, along with consumerism, which is important.
Student 1: No, it is not the norm here at Stout. The majority of my classes were anywhere from nine students to 25 students.
Student 4: Well, you take a wide variety of -- you have the basics, the foods, the design courses, but you also have the money courses, human development, relationships – those are the content courses, and then of course you have the curriculum, how to develop a curriculum and lessons.
Student 5: I don’t have a minor, but, you know, there’s HDFS and there’s health that you can take. That’s kind of all I really know right now.
Student 1: I took a wide variety of classes from sewing to foods, to consumerism, economics. Also, some health classes. It’s a very wide program to study in.
Student 3: Health stuck out to me because I have a real passion for health, so I snatched that up right when I knew that it was available.
Student 1: It took me three and a half years to go through this program. I did all of my credits through UW-Stout. I took a lot of summer courses through their online program, which helps me take some of my more tough courses and focus solely on those courses during the summer.
Student 2: I minored in human development and family studies. I decided to pick that up. I really like learning about the family classes -- the family, how it’s changed over the years, the functioning of the family, its different parenting styles – that’s what I minored in. I do like teaching about parent and child. Right now I’m not currently student teaching any of those classes, but I hope to one day teach somewhere in the family unit because I have a passion for the family and how it’s changed over the years.
Student 3: As far as student teaching goes, I know a lot of students who go into it nervous and overwhelmed. I just talked to a few students that are really scared to go into student teaching, and I was too myself. But just to let those students know that everybody goes through the same thing, it’s going to get overwhelming, it is a lot of work, but it pays off. You know, after you do a lesson, they have fun with it and they want to learn more, and you get that gratification, it’s well worth the time, staying up late, finishing lessons and things like that. So just keep a positive attitude, be very receptive when people give you feedback, take it in. You know, take it all in stride too. They want to help you. Your cooperating teachers want to help you, so just keep working hard. Have fun with it, and it will all be well worth the hard work in the end.
Student 4: I actually played four years of softball here at Stout, so that took a lot of time. I learned time management very well.
Student 3: Yes, I was a part of the softball team here at Stout for four years, and that was probably one of my favorite memories of coming to college. I always played softball growing up, and didn’t think I’d pursue a collegiate sport because I wanted to focus on school and things like that, but I really learned to manage my time as far as getting my homework done and then setting aside time to do all the workouts and stuff for softball. My senior year we ended up being conference champs, which was incredible and super-awesome, and some of the best memories come from my softball career here at Stout. So I highly recommend being involved in some organization.
Student 1: I was the club president for SAFCS which is the Stout Associate of Family and Consumer Sciences, and that is an organization that’s also affiliated with the Wisconsin and the American association, and so we have a very wide base, and it’s very good with networking. It opened our eyes up to what other professions there are outside of teaching this major.
Student 1: Stout requires that we complete an e-portfolio, which is an electronic portfolio of all the work that we’ve done throughout our course here at Stout, and it helps to prepare you with certain artifacts that are papers you’ve written or projects that you’ve done, so when you go out into the work field, you have an example of something to show them.
Student 3: We also have to do reflections for each artifact which I think is great. It sometimes gets to be a lot of work, but if you keep up with it and you do it, it’s really valuable. When you reflect, you reflect upon what went well, what didn’t go well. You relate it to the different standards and domains that are required in the state of Wisconsin.
Student 2: What it is is pretty much to bring all that information and your philosophy of education into an electronic device, you applying for jobs or even for your own future reference, you can have this access at any time.
Student 5: Well, your e-portfolio is actually a computer-based portfolio that you scan information into, putting all of your documents that you’ve done reflections of papers that you’ve written.
Student 3: I think it’s great that they have us do it, because it prepares us and it makes us more advanced in technology, because some of us wouldn’t do it if we didn’t have to.
Student 2: It’s something that’s going to be coming more and more as technology keeps occurring, so it’s nice to have for the future, and I feel like we’re a step above a lot of the colleges around especially the twin cities area, because a lot of them still have the basic hard copy portfolio, so this is a nice way to have an electronic one and also if you want to have a hard copy one.
Student 3: The faculty is awesome. It’s cool because we’re kind of grown up now, so you can be at more of a grown-up level. They talk to you as a grownup, you have more responsibilities, and you’re more mature, and you can really open up them. They’re good mentors. If you ever have any questions, if you’re confused about anything – school or life.
Student 2: The two major ones that I dealt with was Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Klemme and I always felt very comfortable that I could go talk to them about any problems that occurred with my classes or other classes. They always helped guide me in the right direction, tell me what I should do, help me get into the program. When I talked to Dr. Klemme, she’s the one that really helped recruit me into the program, told me a lot of the pros about it, but also told me what to prepare for too.
Student 5: You can have relationships with them if you want or don’t want. You can get to know them better. You can kind of go to your classes, take your classes and then move onto your next class and not really know your professors, just kind of meet their criteria and move on.
Student 1: The instructors here are very good at getting to know all of the students in their class, even if it’s a large class of 70 students or so, they try to find out something personal about you. They’re very willing to help, easy to get a hold of during office hours or by e-mail or by telephone, and they get to know you so when you’re not in their classes anymore, they still care to see how you’re doing in your other classes.
Student 3: I’ve never run into any professors that would turn you away. From my experience they’ve been awesome.
Student 4: Well, I’ve applied to a couple jobs, they’re fulltime subbing positions for the remainder of the year, so there are looking to be some good prospects, and then I’ll look for a fulltime job for the start of the next school year.
Student 2: I’m planning on starting off, or I’m done in January, I’m probably going to sub a couple months and then apply this spring and hopefully find a teaching job. I’d like to teach for a year, two years, maybe three years and then go to the U of M to get my masters, and hopefully I can do that – or Augsburg or one of the local schools to get my masters program either during weekends or nights.
Student 3: Teaching as quick as I can – I want to get a job right away. I absolutely love it. Student teaching right now, it’s going really well. It’s a lot of work, it gets overwhelming, but it’s well worth it. All the time put into it is very well worth it. As soon as I’m done I’m going to try to find a job. It’s December, so chances of me getting an actual job this year is slim, but long-term sub jobs, or subbing every day, that’s kind of what I’m planning on, and then come April when they start hiring and posting jobs, I’ll be looking as soon as I can.
Student 5: Teaching positions, my actual degree will give me six through twelfth grade family and consumer science education at any middle school or high school teaching foods classes, child development, clothing and fashion design, parenting, personal finance, relationship, marriage.
Student 2: Yes, I am done. I would strongly suggest Stout to anyone interested in pursuing a four year degree. It’s nice and close to the cities. That was one of the biggest benefits that I took advantage of. It’s only an hour away, so I was able to go home and work a lot on the weekends. It’s a smaller campus, it’s not super huge, overwhelming. I have not had any problems with any of the professors, everyone is very willing to help out. The library is great – I spent a lot of time in the library – the people, a lot of resources, which was very helpful. Overall, it was a great experience here at Stout, and I would strongly suggest, if anyone’s interested in a four year degree to come here.