This 1.5 day workshop explored the profession as well as postsecondary education options in Kentucky. This program allowed networking opportunities so that students could begin building relationships with their future classmates at state universities that currently have an FCS education major.
“I knew after I attended last year that I wanted to pursue being an FCS teacher, and this year I had the opportunity to have my questions answered and meet my future professor at EKU,” said Lily Lorenz.
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There is currently a state and national shortage of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers which led to the development of KY FCS University. Family and Consumer Sciences is the comprehensive body of skills, research and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their wellbeing, relationships, and provides resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel and consumer issues.
Students enrolled in FCS classes state-wide are enrolled in courses that are preparing them for a career in a secondary pathway such as:
Consumer & Family Management
Culinary & Food Services
Early Childhood Education
Fashion & Interior Design
Food Science & Dietetics
Fundamentals of Teaching
Hospitality, Travel, Tourism and Recreation
“As an FCS teacher, I love that my current students are interested in pursuing a career in Family and Consumer Sciences,” said Ahren Wagner, Highlands High School FCS teacher. “There are many opportunities available for students in FCS and they will be able to teach courses that have practical, real life applications and focus on areas that impact families and careers daily.”
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has nearly 175,000 members and more than 5,200 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
PHOTO: Highlands FCS students (L-R) Rachel Farney, Josie Daley, Lily Lorenz and Maleah Abner.