The first week of May 2011 has been declared Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week in Pushmataha County.
OHCE is a program of continuing education in all aspects of home and community life, said Beth Pike, Pushmataha County Extension educator.
“The organization’s ultimate mission is to educate its members to be well-informed and to handle change in their home and community,” she said. “With its relationship with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, OHCE presents research-based information to its members.”
OHCE provides monthly educational lessons, leadership development and community service projects, which provide OHCE members an opportunity to apply this research-based information in their homes and communities.
“OHCE has a unique position to assist individual members, their families and communities develop a higher level of living through education. No other organization is better poised to develop community leaders and inform citizens though the programs they offer,” said Pike.
The OHCE was established in Stillwater on July 24, 1935.
“The 4,306 members are proud to continue the purpose of improving the quality of life for Oklahoma families through education,” said Sue Gilliam, OHCE state president. “In addition to the invaluable educational resources, OHCE members provide countless volunteer hours to the communities of Oklahoma.”
OHCE is a statewide and county based organization. County Extension educators, family and consumer sciences, serve as advisors to county OHCE organizations. District and state Cooperative Extension specialists and supervisors work with county Extension educators and the OHCE program.
Working in a cooperative effort, OHCE members and Extension educators are able to identify local issues facing families. These issues become the basis for OHCE educational programming and efforts are made to help families solve these problems, said Pike.