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Family & Consumer Science

Washington County has a strong background with area agencies and networking on behalf of family programs. Program area focuses address health and safety, human development, food and nutrition.

Educational programs focus on strengthening individuals, families and communities by addressing critical issues and needs, such as teaching parenting skills, improving nutrition and health, managing family finances, addressing child care needs, and others.

Listed below are a few programs offered through the Washington County Extension. For more detailed information about the program contact the person listed with the program or the Washington County Extension. Please visit fcs.tennessee.edu​​​ for a more extensive list of programs.

Visit Our YouTube Channel: UT Extension Washington County​ for Food Preservation Classes & Videos!

Are you considering purchasing a house and don’t know where to start? This class will help you decide if you are ready to purchase a home.

  • This class is required for THDA Home loans.
  • This course is recommended for anyone interested in purchasing a home and is approved for all THDA Mortgage Loan programs. It is recommended that this course be taken at least 4 weeks prior to closing. The Realizing the American Dream curriculum is used and provided to each household, in addition to a Certificate of Completion. The following topics are covered during this class:
    • Are You Ready to Buy A Home?
    • Managing Your Money
    • Understanding Credit
    • Obtaining a Mortgage Loan
    • Shopping for a Home
    • Protecting Your Investment
  • Preregistration is required for the class. ​
    Please preregister at least 5 business days in advance.
  • Cost of Class: $50 per loan
  • You must attend the whole class in order to receive your certificate.
  • Dates and times are subject to change for a complete and updated schedule please visit the Washington County Extension Calendar of Events.
  • An online option for the course is available  at eHome America.

Contact: Elizabeth Renfro

Co-Parenting Education Classes: 4-hour mandatory class for divorcing parents or other court ordered requirements.

Important Links and Documents

Contact: Elizabeth Renfro

Snap Ed

The Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (TNCEP) is a nutrition education program for Tennessee families who receive SNAP or who are eligible for SNAP. The goal of TNCEP is to teach families how to choose and prepare nutritionally adequate diets and help them feel empowered to move toward self-sufficiency. Families are taught how to use SNAP and related resources effectively.

Education is delivered by county Extension faculty and partners in the community who work with the SNAP audience. The characteristic of TNCEP that makes it different from other nutrition education programs is that it is coalition-driven. A community coalition of individuals from various agencies determine what types of education are delivered. Funding for TNCEP is provided by the USDA and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Contact: Lucy Timbs

To blend together your passion of cooking, nutrition, physical activity, and mostly to help fellow Tennesseans by becoming a University of Tennessee Master Food Volunteer.

Please look over our Master Food Volunteer Pamphlet​ for more information. Contact Elizabeth if you are interested in being part of the program and NEW Certification classes have been postponed till further notice.

Contact: Elizabeth Renfro

A program to help adults who are pre-diabetic or have a high likelihood of developing Type II Diabetes. This year long program is designed to help delay and/or prevent the onset of Type II Diabetes.

Please contact Elizabeth at eelizond@utk.edu or
(423) 753-1680 if you are interested in more information or would like to be put on a list for the next available class.

Washington & Unicoi County Family and Consumer Sciences programs would like to invite you to learn how to home can. In a three part hands-on class you will learn how to do jams and jellies, water-bath canning,
pressure canning, and pickling.
Your $100 fee will include: all three classes, a food preservation book, all materials, and at least one “home canned” item to take home each class.
Since space is limited to 10 people per Canning College
pre-registration and payment is required.
There will be no refunds.
All individuals are welcome to attend, however, if you are under 18 years old you must have a legal guardian attend with you.

Please contact Elizabeth at eelizond@utk.edu or
(423)753-1680 if you are interested attending and/or would like more information concerning the classes.

Adam & Elizabeth have teamed up to offer 6 different Garden to Table classes. Join them on the pre-recorded classes listed below. We hope to provide more of these types of collaborations soon!

Herb Thyme

Pizza Garden

Berry Good Garden

Breakfast Garden

Stir Fry Garden

Salsa Garden

Contact Information

Elizabeth Renfro Profile Page

​​Elizabeth Renfro
Extension Agent III
Phone: 423-753-1680
Email: eelizond@utk.edu

Lucy Timbs Profile Page

Lucy Timbs
Extension Agent I
Phone: 423-753-1680
Email: ltimbs1@utk.edu

Important Links

Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education

National Center for Home Food Preservation