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FD Selected to Help Military Family Service Professionals Worldwide

By Trish Olson, Interim Associate Dean 

The Center for Family Development has been selected to help implement the work of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN), which serves military family service professionals around the world.

MFLN recently received a joint Department of Defense-U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that will enable it to continue its work for the next four years. “We are excited that our new funding will allow us to expand our work to include providing online professional development, educational programming, and engaging communities in the areas of community capacity building, families with special needs, transition, and nutrition and wellness,” said Sarah Baughman, Project Leader, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

Family Development's involvement in the MFLN initiative adds the University of Minnesota to the network of academic institutions implementing this important work. Besides Virginia Tech, they include including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Illinois, Auburn University, Cornell University, Fort Valley State University, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Georgia,University of Nevada-Reno, University of New Hampshire, Valdosta State University, Washington State University, and West Virginia University.

Family Development will assist in the area of Transition Support for Families. Watch for a new grant-funded position posting for this important work, and read more about the Military Families Learning Network grant in the September 30 post Military Families Learning Network Grant.
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