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Today's students are members of families, communities, and workplace now and in the future. They need to be able to act responsibly and productively to synthesize information from multiple sources, to work cooperatively, and to apply the highest standards in all aspects of their lives which will collectively impact our society and nation.

The Mission of Family and Consumer Sciences Education: 

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education prepares students for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences through:
  • Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span.
  • Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in multiple settings.
  • Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span.
  • Managing resources to meet their own and families material needs.
  • Balancing personal, family, and work lives.
  • Using critical and creative thinking to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments.
  • Developing successful life management skills.
  • Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services.
  • Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one's actions leading to a more success personal and work life.

Career Ready Practices:
FCS Educators address the Common Career and Technical Core (CCTC) career ready practices and 21st century process skills through direct instruction in goal setting, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, decision making, management, leadership and cooperation in family, work and community applications. This is achieved through strategic opportunities between the FCS classroom and the Family, Community and Career Leaders of America or FCCLA student organization. (For related information regarding the career ready practices, see: Career Ready Practices.)

Life Literacy and Career Pathways Connections:
FCS Education addresses content knowledge and skills through foundational life literacy instruction at the middle and secondary levels as well as workforce training related to the Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services and Visual Arts career pathways. Refer to the related links in the FCS menu for more about these initiatives.

National FCS Standards/State Course Competencies:
Kansas FCS Education instruction is based on the Family and Consumer Sciences Education National Standards forming a comprehensive instructional model which is competency-based and process skill focused. Kansas expands the national standards to the course level with locally developed competencies linking to life literacy and workforce needs in Kansas. (The National FCS Education Standards can be reviewed at NASAFACS. The Kansas FCS course competencies are linked through the career cluster design sheets.)

Family and Consumer Sciences 

Gayla Randel
(785) 296-4912

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assessment Help Desk
Mark Stephenson
(785) 296-3379

Kansas Course Code Management System (KCCMS) Help Desk
(785) 296-2078


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