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Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

Overview of Family & Consumer Sciences Education

The purpose of Family & Consumer Sciences Education is to empower individuals and families throughout the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is families, work, and their interrelationships. The curriculum is aligned to the knowledge and skills identified within the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Kentucky FCS Education provides students the opportunity to:

  • Explore and prepare for careers in many of today’s high-demand occupations.
  • Engage in hands-on, contextual learning that incorporates core academic concepts.
  • Acquire valuable and essential leadership and life skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate, communicate and think critically and creatively to problem-solve real world issues.
  • Engage in entrepreneurial activities and work-based learning experiences that provide hands- on application.


Career Pathways:

  • Consumer & Family Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fashion & Interior Design
  • Food Science & Dietetics
  • Fundamentals of Teaching
  • Hospitality Services


National Career Clusters
FCS Education fosters the development of 21st century and technical skills in a variety of the National 16 Career Clusters.

  • Human Services
  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Education & Training
  • Architecture & Construction
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Arts, AV Technology & Communication - Marketing, Sales and Services

Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards (KOSSA)

The Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards are the performance specifications that identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities an individual needs to succeed in the workplace. Identifying the necessary skills is critical to preparing students for entry into employment or postsecondary education. Because of the importance of such skill standards, the Office of Career and Technical Education, in conjunction with employers from various Family & Consumer Sciences related fields, collaborated to develop a system to certify that students have attained the necessary skills for employment or postsecondary education. Standards were developed in the areas of Consumer and Family Management, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Fashion and Interior Design, and Hospitality Services. These standards described the necessary occupational, academic, and employability skills needed to enter the workforce or post- secondary education in such specified career areas. There is an ongoing effort to continue the refinement of these standards by which exemplary FCS Education Programs are evaluated and certified. The strength of these business partnerships ensures that the curriculum meets industry specifications.

Interdisciplinary Courses

The Kentucky graduation requirements allow for interdisciplinary or applied courses to substitute for specific academic courses required for graduation. The FCS curriculum currently has four interdisciplinary courses:

  • Consumer Economics (Social Studies credit)
  • Life Skills Health (1/2 credit of Health Education)
  • Money Skills for Math (4th Math credit)
  • Nutritional Food Science (Life Science credit)


School Based Enterprises

Many Kentucky FCS programs operate businesses and other school-based enterprises as an integral part of the curriculum. These experiences allow students to learn contextually without leaving school. Textbook concepts become real as students learn how operate their own business.

Work Based Learning

Cooperative experience, internships, shadowing and mentoring opportunities provide depth and breadth of learning in the instructional program and allow students to directly apply the concepts learned in the classroom. The Work Based Learning Guide is available on the KDE website.

Student Organization

Participation in FCCLA, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, provides a vehicle for students to employ higher order thinking skills and to further enhance their leadership skills through their participation in regional, state and national competitive events and local activities.


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Magoffin County Career & Technical Center
318 Hornet Drive
Sayersville, Ky 41465
Phone:(606) 349-5188  Fax:606-349-5148