Service Occupations

Service Occupations programs are focused on career exploration and the integration of academic, technical, leadership, employability and personal development skills to enhance the student’s career potential within specific business and industry content areas.

Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approved career and technical service occupation programs provide students with opportunities to acquire occupational skills and knowledge in a variety of career pathways including early childhood, culinary arts, hospitality and tourism, creative design, and cosmetology, and law enforcement.

Service occupation programs are part of the human service career field and many align with family and consumer science program content. Service occupation programs and courses emphasize the importance of occupational content being aligned with the foundation knowledge and skills found in many family and consumer science programs. These foundational knowledge and skills include problem solving, creative thinking, communications, teamwork and leadership skills. Services occupation programs enhance the ability of students to be informed citizens and career decision makers when choosing postsecondary options for employment and college.

Minnesota Career 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.

Minnesota SkillsUSA, a state student leadership organization supporting Health Science programs to ensure America has a skilled workforce. career development.

Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MNACTE), a professional organization for career technical education teachers/leaders offering state and national support, training and resources.

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 career technical education programs.

  • Minnesota Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) 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.