The Jackson County FCE is an organization of people participating in educational study groups. We have study groups around the county that meet once a month. FCE can expand your knowledge and horizons. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization, in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Our mission is to strengthen individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development and community service. Monthly lessons are given and open to the general public. In Oregon for information on FCE and similar community education groups in your area contact your local OSU Extension office (Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, SOREC, 541-776-7371).
Some of the things that Jackson County FCE is involved in is getting books to children, FCE Essay and Artwork Contest for fourth graders, participating in international programs, supporting 4-H and for FCE Scholarship at the College of Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
Food insecurity and poor nutrition are present across all age groups. One in eight individuals is using food stamps. Obesity and often-accompanying diabetes have been identified as the most significant health challenges. Food safety, especially in the increasingly larger and more vulnerable older adult population, remains a constant threat.
In Jackson and Josephine counties, local data indicates that over fifty percent of the population will be over age 55 by 2012. Southern Oregon's temperate climate and recreational and cultural opportunities are attracting increasing numbers of recently retired older adults. Jackson is one of six counties in the state that accounts for 60% of people over age 65. Josephine is currently one of three counties with more than 20 percent of its population over age 65. Age-related issues define the future of Southern Oregon.