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The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education.  Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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ABFSE OfficersAmerican Board of Funeral Service Education meets in Minneapolis. New Officers are Elected.

Minneapolis, MN was the site of the 52nd Annual Conference of the ABFSE from April 9-12, 2014.  Members and guests from the accredited funeral service programs in the US along with representatives from NFDA, NFDMA and ICCFA meet annually to review the status of funeral service education. More.....

Pictured left to right:
Karl Kann, Vice President; Eugene Ogrodnik, President; Francisco Solis, Past President; Jzyk Ennis, Secretary/Treasurer


     Colleagues in the News

    I Want to Be a - Funeral Director
    by Jzyk Ennis and Tim Muma  Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Some careers, like this one, will always be necessary due to the certainty of death. Thus, we're taking a look at the role of a funeral director by speaking with Jzyk Ennis, funeral director for Carr Funeral Home in Alabama – and an instructor in the mortuary science program at Jefferson State College. Jzyk describes the details of this position to Tim Muma, including what personality works best, why the role is so important, and which myths should be put to rest.

    Children and even some adults fantasize about finding their dream job. Sometimes they don't know what it is or how to get there. I Want to Be a... will walk our starry-eyed job seekers through the reality of how to fulfill their life's goal of becoming exactly what they want.  Hear the radio interview on

    Full Bio: Jzyk Ennis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Alabama and Georgia. He is also a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). Jzyk uses his experience in the field to teach students interested in the area of funeral service at Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, Alabama. He has published numerous articles in national and state publications such as 'The Director Magazine, and is also often asked to be a presenter for educational seminars and programs.  Jzyk is Secretary/Treasurer of the American Board of Funeral Service Education.


    Twelve California Community Colleges receive final approval from Board of Governors to offer bachelor’s degrees
    Jolena GrandeThe California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave final approval on Monday for 12 community colleges to participate in a landmark pilot program that allows them to offer bachelor’s degrees in fields such as respiratory therapy, dental hygiene and aerospace manufacturing technology.
    Read the entire press release...

    Jolena Grande, Cypress College (middle row, center)
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ABFSE and COA Fall Meeting
October 17 - 19, 2015
Embassy Suites Downtown
Indianapolis, IN

54th Annual Conference
April 12-15, 2016
Houston, TX


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cfda-gradcap02The National
Scholarship Program

of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.

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Scholarship Sponsors

American Academy         Batesville Casket Company       Clark Grave Vault           The Dodge Company            Frigid Fluid Company         Funeral Home Gifts       

National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club         National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science          National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association          NOMIS Publications        SC Funeral Directors Association         University Mortuary Science Education Association


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