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.
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.
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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