Family and Consumer Science

Our vision:  Family and Consumer Science education programs provide essential life skills to develop healthy people and to empower students and families to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. Our unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and 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, wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.

FCS is the only profession that integrates knowledge from the basic disciplines of science, humanities, and the arts. It integrates math, reading, communication skills, organization skills, and work readiness in each area of study. In addition, FCS teaches 21st century skills as they relate to balancing work and family through the career clusters.

FCS courses are found within the following:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, AV Technology and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

FCS careers introduced include early childhood educators, teaching field, hospitality and tourisms, geriatrics professionals, social workers, family counselors, credit counselors, nutrition educators and dieticians, interior and textile designers, food scientists, and many more. FCS education addresses STEM through the living sciences including:

  • Food science and innovation.
  • Nutrition and wellness.
  • Interior/textiles technologies.
  • Environmental practices.
  • Early childhood education and parenting, which promotes early STEM skills in children.

Minnesota Career and Technical Education Resources

Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) programs encourage teamwork, positive communications, healthy relationships, community involvement, financial management and career development.

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)—Data Center is a useful website for teachers and business/industry professionals to stay current on regional labor market needs and employment trends that can impact CTE programs.

  • Minnesota Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Frameworks - 12/14/17
    The purpose of this Framework is to provide educators and administrators with a guide for curriculum development, assessments, program development and program approvals. MDE Specialist Maxine Peterson is the key contact for accessing information and training on the use of these Framework tools.