Family & Community Services Pathway

Partnership with Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

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Student Organization – FCCLA

Introduction to Family and Community Services

The Family and Community Services pathway focuses on careers relating to meeting the essential needs of people, especially occupations which focus on relationships between and among family members including family counseling, marriage therapy, non-profit management and others related to helping others. This pathway is unique in that the entire human condition is reviewed. This is based on the philosophy that no one topic is stand alone, but rather needs to be studied together just as people interact with society on a daily basis and function in the world.

This cluster addresses knowledge and skills in a range to topics from nutrition and wellness and family studies to consumer and personal finance and human growth and development. A strong tie to service leadership is part of this pathway which enhances empathy and caring, two traits important to this cluster area.


Career & Life Planning (Introductory Course)

Self-Management courses introduce students to the skills and strategies helpful in becoming more focused, productive individuals. These courses typically emphasize goal-setting; decision-making; managing time, energy, and stress; and identifying alternatives and coping strategies. They may also allow students to explore various career and lifestyle choices.

Parenting (Technical Level)

Family Living courses emphasize building and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships among family members and other members of society. These courses often emphasize (but are not limited to) topics such as social/dating practices, human sexuality and reproduction, marriage preparation, parenthood and the function of the family unit, and the various stages of life. They may also cover topics related to individual self-development, career development, personal awareness, and preparation for the responsibilities of a family member and wage earner.

Consumer & Personal Finance (Technical Level)

Consumer Economics/Personal Finance courses provide students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one’s personal finances. Topics may include savings and investing, credit, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection. These courses may also provide an overview of the American economy.

Nutrition & Wellness (Technical Level)

Health and Life Management courses focus as much on consumer education topics (such as money management and evaluation of consumer information and advertising) as on personal health topics (such as nutrition, stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid). Course objectives include helping students develop decision-making, communication, interpersonal, and coping skills and strategies.

Human Development (Technical Level)

Human Growth and Development A provide students with knowledge about the physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development of humans from conception to old age, with a special emphasis on birth through school age. Course content will provide an overview of life stages, with a strong tie to prenatal and birth processes; fundamentals of children’s emotional and physical development; and the appropriate care of children.

Career & Community Connections (Application Level)

Career and Community Connections is the Application level course for the learner to apply technical skills in a professional learning experience, unpaid or paid, outside or within the school environment. Included will be continued development and finalization of the student’s portfolio. Career and Community Connections provides the opportunity for learners to focus on career related topics, team building and effectiveness in the world of work, and acquiring job-seeking skills and retention needed to advance within the workplace

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