Current Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Before You Tie the Knot - Premarital Preparation

UF/IFAS Extension offers a Before You Tie The Knot premarital preparation class on-line.  You can register for this course by clicking on the following link:

Upon completion of the online class, certificates may be picked up at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.  Please call 352-955-2402 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, to receive your certificate.

Please note:  Dr. Williams is available to provide this class (two 2-hour sessions) at the location of interested churches, schedule permitting.  There is no fee.  At least 6 couples are required. Contact Dr. Williams at 352-955-2402.

Home Buyer's Education Series

  1. Making the Decision to be a Homeowner:
    Getting Your Credit and Budget in Order
    How Much House Can You Afford
  2. The Home Purchasing Process:
    Steps from Offer to Closing
  3. Working with Housing Professionals:
    Experts will be available to answer your specific questions.

Participants must attend all three sessions to receive a certificate.

Sessions are 6:00-8:30 pm.

$10.00 fee for entire series (per individual/couple). Payments made at first session.

Pre-register by calling 352-955-2402 one week prior to first session. Series is subject to cancellation if less than 6 people pre-register.

ServSafe Food Safety Training for Managers

hamburgerThis course meets the Florida Criteria for food managers of all establishments. Passing the exam will meet National Certification - good for five years.

Pre-register with the University of Florida Food Safety and Quality Program at 352-392-8196 or visit the website at Class and exam are held at theUF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office. Fee required. Please check the link below for the scheduled classes.

fruits2017 Food Safety and Quality Program Brochure & Registration Form (pdf).


For more events, please check out the Calendar of Events.

For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact Dr. Brenda C. Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406 or at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609. Please contact the Extension Office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.

For more information about the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County's programs, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office at 352/955-2402 (Voice), 352/955-2406 (TDD/TYY), 352/334-0122 (FAX) or e-mail at