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Consumer Studies, California Community College- FCS

Consumer Studies, California Community College- FCS

Consumer Studies (formerly known as Life Management) curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of entry level jobs and career advancement. Students can also prepare for transfer to a four-year institution with a Family and Consumer Sciences or related major. Those students not pursuing a certificate or a degree can select courses within the Consumer Studies (Life Management) Program to provide knowledge and skills that enhance the quality of life.

Consumer Studies Curriculum

The American Association for Caregiver Education (TAACE)

The American Association for Caregiver Education (TAACE)

To listen to caregivers, understand their needs, and provide solutions.

  • To proactively engage family caregivers at all levels to hear their stories.
  • To apply research, education, wisdom, and lessons learned to better understand core, emerging and future family caregiver concerns
  • To design, develop, and deploy innovative, sustainable family caregiver teaching and training solutions for professionals, students, and providers.
  • To create a focused resource hub for non-clinical family caregivers to better understand the spectrum of demands in long-term care.
  • To add to the body of non-clinical family caregiving knowledge through ongoing research.

California Consumer Affairs Association (CCAA)

California Consumer Affairs Association (CCAA)

The California Consumer Affairs Association exists to help consumer protection leaders.

Established in 1974, CCAA is a non-profit 501(c)3 association of federal, state and local government and non-profit consumer protection organizations. CCAA provides a platform for its members to work together in assisting consumers, including:

  • Identifying top consumer frauds and emerging issues, and understanding the impact they have on consumers and the marketplace.
  • Training on detecting, preventing and remedying consumer fraud and issues.
  • Identifying and duplicating effective consumer protection programs.
  • Promoting new collaborative opportunities and strengthening existing partnerships.
  • Strategizing on developing and implementing new consumer protection initiatives.
  • Advocating for legislation, public policy, and best business practices to enhance consumer protection.

Mission: To promote consumer protection for Californians through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

Vision: Californians are empowered with access to consumer protection, a fair marketplace, and fair practices.

California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)

California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)

Our Mission:
To protect and serve the interests of California consumers.

Our Vision:
California consumers make informed choices and have access to competent and ethical service providers.

Our Values:
As a government agency dedicated to serving the interests of California consumers, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) values:

  • Accountability – We are accountable to the people of California and each other as stakeholders. We operate transparently and encourage public participation in our decision-making whenever possible.
  • Efficiency – We diligently identify the best ways to deliver high-quality services with the most efficient use of our resources.
  • Effectiveness – We make informed decisions that make a difference and have a positive, measurable impact.
  • Integrity – We are honest, fair, and respectful in our treatment of everyone.
  • Customer Service – We acknowledge all stakeholders as our customers, listen to them, and take their needs into account.
  • Employees – We are an employer of choice and strategically recruit, train, and retain employees. We value and recognize employee contributions and talent.
  • Unity – We draw strength from our organizational diversity as well as California’s ever-changing cultural and economic diversity.

Consumer Action (CA)

Consumer Action (CA)

Welcome to Consumer Action’s Take Action Center. Consumer Action offers e-advocacy tools to help you make your voice and opinions heard. The free service allows you to play active role in the political process by finding contact information for your federal and state elected officials, writing to Congress, sending letters to the editor, responding to key legislation and more. If you like our Take Action Center, consider supporting our work.

Consumer Federation of America (CFA)

Consumer Federation of America (CFA)

The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization’s Board of Directors.

CFA is a research, advocacy, education, and service organization.

  • As a research organization, CFA investigates consumer issues, behavior, and attitudes through surveys, focus groups, investigative reports, economic analysis, and policy analysis. The findings of such research are published in reports that assist consumer advocates and policymakers as well as individual consumers. They provide an important basis for the policy positions and work of the organization.
  • As an advocacy organization, CFA works to advance pro-consumer policies on a variety of issues before Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, state legislatures, and the courts. We communicate and work with public officials to promote beneficial policies, oppose harmful ones, and ensure a balance debate on issues important to consumers.
  • As an education organization, CFA disseminates information on consumer issues to the public and news media, as well as to policymakers and other public interest advocates. To do so, we utilize reports, books, brochures, news releases, press conferences, a newsletter, conferences, forums, and this website. Of special importance are the on-line newsletter CFAnews Update, three annual conferences – Consumer Assembly, financial services conference, and food policy conference.
  • As a service organization, CFA assists individuals and organizations. Our principal service to individuals is through the America Saves campaign which we organized in 2000 and have managed since then. Our services to organizations, with a special focus on CFA member groups, includes CFAnews Update, our three annual conferences, our State and Local Resource Center, our Consumer Cooperative Advisory Group, and our annual Awards Dinner that recognizes distinguished public, consumer, and media service.

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Mission: To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.

Vision: A U.S. economy characterized by vigorous competition among producers and consumer access to accurate information, yielding high-quality products at low prices and encouraging efficiency, innovation, and consumer choice.

Goals:

  1. Protect Consumers: Prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
  2. Maintain Competition: Prevent anticompetitive mergers and other anticompetitive business practices in the marketplace.
  3. Advance Performance: Advance the FTC’s performance through organizational, individual, and management excellence.

Jump$tart - Personal Financial Literacy

Jump$tart – Personal Financial Literacy

Mission
Jump$tart is a coalition of diverse financial education stakeholders.  These organizations work together to educate and prepare our nation’s youth for life-long financial success.

Vision
We envision a nation of financially capable youth.

Value Proposition
Jump$tart connects and coordinates diverse partners in the financial literacy community to advance the field.

  • As a coalition, Jump$tart harnesses the collective strength and resources of multiple partners.
  • On behalf of its partners, Jump$tart promotes quality and effectiveness in financial education.
  • Jump$tart supports the work of its partners and the broad financial literacy effort through outreach, advocacy, resources and information.

National Consumers League (NCL)

National Consumers League (NCL)

The mission of the National Consumers League is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. We are the nation’s oldest consumer organization.

NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc.® (NFCC®) promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and builds capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. As the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit credit counseling organization, the NFCC has played the key role in providing financial counseling and education to consumers for more than 60 years. With 85 member agencies and more than 600 offices throughout the US and Puerto Rico, the NFCC is the national voice for its members, which are nonprofit, mission-driven, community-based agencies.

NFCC members, often known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) or by other names, represent accredited agencies with high standards, ethical practices, certified counselors, and policies which help consumers achieve financial stability. Millions of consumers annually receive financial counseling and education from NFCC member agencies in person, over the phone, or online.

National Institute for Consumer Education (NICE)

National Institute for Consumer Education (NICE)

NICE’s mission is to empower people through education to become informed consumers, reasoned decision-makers, and participation citizens in a global market. Since its establishment in 1973, NICE has served as an advocate for consumer education in the nation’s schools, workplaces, and communities.