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Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive study of skills, research, and knowledge that helps individuals make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including culinary basics, nutrition, housing and interior design, textiles and apparel design, and human development. FCS integrates knowledge from the basic disciplines of science, humanities, and the arts and integrates math, reading, communication skills, organization skills, and work readiness in each area of study. 

FCS education prepares students to live in the twenty-first century by becoming positive, productive members of the workforce, families, and the community. FCS courses provide a foundation that enables students to pursue a career pathway in Hospitality and Tourism, Arts and Audio/Visual, and Human Services. These pathways include the following courses: 

  • Family and Consumer Sciences 
  • Culinary Basics 
  • Fashion and Apparel Design 
  • Housing and Interior Design 
  • Human Growth and Development 

The Careertech student organization affiliated with FCS is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). FCCLA provides co-curricular leadership and career development opportunities based on classroom instruction and is a teaching strategy for developing interpersonal, leadership, citizenship, and career skills.