Howe Independent School District

"Educating the Hope of Tomorrow"

HUMAN SERVICES
 
The Human Services curriculum empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The relationship between work and family is the unique focus of Human Services. The department offers courses designed to prepare students for the world of work and life. The semester courses provide in-depth study for life as well as possible careers in child development, food science, and apparel. Career preparation courses such as Family and Consumer Sciences Career Preparation offer work-based training opportunities for students. Tech Prep articulated agreements allow students an opportunity to earn college credit in designated areas with specific post-secondary education institutions.

 
The Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization provides extracurricular involvement for students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences Education courses. Leadership skills, citizenship, personal growth and community service related opportunities are supported through membership. Competitive events enhance career preparation, curriculum competencies, self-confidence, and the instructional program.

FIFTEEN RELATED CAREERS
Family, School or Career Counselor Child Psychologist Merchandise Display Artist
Child Care Specialist Hotel/Motel Manager Public Relations Specialist
Dietitian Home Furnishings Buyer Manicurist
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Cosmetologist Professional Educator
Fashion Designer Marketing Research Analyst Social Worker
50110
PERSONAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1
Prerequisite...............None
This comprehensive laboratory course is designed to address a broad range of knowledge and skills related to personal development, promotion of strong families, and preparation for adult roles. Content includes a focus on interpersonal skills, decision-making, promotion of family strengths and well being, developing positive relationships with peers, child development and care, and clothing selection and maintenance. Other studies address nutrition and dietary practices, food selection and preparation, budgeting and consumer buying practices, and management of family housing needs. Influences of societal and technological changes, career options, and the management of multiple family, community, and wage earner roles are included.
 
502103
APPAREL
Grade Placement.......10-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None
This technical laboratory course focuses on apparel from the perspective of personal decision making related to apparel, apparel industry, and career preparation. Topics include managing the apparel dollar, apparel repair and alteration, and wardrobe planning, care and maintenance. Quality apparel construction is addressed as it relates to consumer decision-making and career preparation for the apparel industry. Other content addresses career options and management practices for assuming multiple family, community, and wage earner roles.
 
504101
PREPARATION FOR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Grade Placement.......10-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None
This technical laboratory course is designed to provide for individual opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in preparation for functioning effectively in the role of parent or caregiver. Content stresses parental responsibilities, child guidance techniques, parents as positive role models, parents as their children’s first teacher, and parenting practices that promote child’s development, health, safety, and well-being. Managing family crisis, multiple roles of family members throughout the life cycle, and career preparation are additional topics.
 
503101
NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE
Grade Placement.......10-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None
This technical laboratory course concentrates on nutrition, food choices, and food management skills for individuals and the family throughout the life cycle. Instruction addresses nutrition and food science from the perspective of food habits and wellness, menu planning, special dietary needs, food costs and budgeting, consumer food buying strategies, food safety and sanitation procedures, food labels, technology implications and food handling, storage, and preparation practices. Meal etiquette, career options, and techniques for managing multiple family, community, and wage earner roles are part of the content.
 
503112
FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Grade Placement.......10-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Nutrition and Food Science
This technical laboratory course provides foundational training in the area of food science and technology. Content addresses food science principles; nutrition and wellness, food technology, world food supply; managing multiple family, community and wage earner roles, plus career options in nutrition, food science, and food technology. Instructional topics include diet related disorders, diets appropriate to the life cycle and other factors, therapeutic diets, chemical and physical changes that affect food product quality, technologies used in food processing and product development, food safety and sanitation standards, market research, legal issues, and food policies. Laboratory activities utilizing research methods related to current issues in food science, technology, and nutrition are included.
 
50610
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES CAREER PREPARATION I
Grade Placement.......11-12
Credits........................3 (Application Only) (Certification Enhanced Class)Prerequisite...............Instructor or Career Counselor Approval
Family and Consumer Sciences Career Preparation refers to an instructional arrangement combining course work and a training area. This work-based instructional arrangement develops essential knowledge and skills through classroom technical instruction and on-the-job training in approved family and consumer sciences occupationally specific training areas. The course will focus on developing work skills, technical knowledge and job related information necessary for employment in Family and Consumer Science occupations. Family and Consumer Science occupations include childcare, services for the elderly, food service, housing and home furnishings, apparel, hospitality, and institutional maintenance. The student is required to maintain employment within a family and consumer science related occupation. Students wishing to earn "ServSafe Certification" will be required to pay the testing fee.
 
50620
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES CAREER PREPARATION II
Grade Placement.......11-12
Credits........................3 (Application Only) (Certification Enhanced Course)Prerequisite...............Instructor or Career Counselor Approval
This work-based instructional arrangement develops essential knowledge and skills through classroom technical instruction and on-the-job training in approved family and consumer sciences occupationally specific training areas.
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