HSE/FACS Conferences & Meetings

HSE/FACS Professional Development Opportunities

FACS Fall Workshops

Welcome back to the 2019-20 school year! Nebraska Human Sciences and Education is proud to release professional development opportunities and resources to support Family and Consumer Sciences educators. In addition, Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) is moving into a transition year with new Perkins V legislation and the development of our Nebraska CTE State Plan. Family and Consumer Sciences educators are encouraged to be involved with the process by attending professional development workshops, connecting with peers and implementing Nebraska Family and Consumer Sciences State Standards (approved by the State Board of Education in 2016). Make plans to attend the annual HSE/FCS Fall Workshops held in six different locations all across Nebraska to receive incredibly valuable resources, updates and information during the workshops. See the attached flyer for additional information. Registration opens on August 1st! Click the link below to register. For additional information, please email Kristin Vest, HSE Career Field Specialist at kristin.vest@nebraska.gov

2020 FACS Fall Workshop

This year’s one-day conferences will be held at the following locations:

    • TBA  Milford, Education Service Unit 6
    • TBA  Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College
    • TBA  North Platte, McKinley Education Center
    • TBA  Omaha, Education Service Unit 3, La Vista
    • TBA  Kearney, Education Service Unit 10
    • TBA  Norfolk, Northeast Community College

Registration Link
Fall Workshop Flyer

2019-20 Webinar CONNECTions:

Join FACS Teachers and Professionals from around the state as we discuss current issues, trends, and classroom needs together throughout the year.  These webinars will take place via Zoom and can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Webinars will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except November and December which are held on the 3rd Tuesday) at rotating times as listed below.  Webinars will not be hosted in October and February due to other professional development opportunities offered during that time.  Webinars will also be recorded and stored in case you missed it or want to come back later to revisit information.

Click to Register for the 2019 – 2020 Webinar CONNECTions!

    • Tuesday, August 25 3:45p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, September 24 3:4p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, November 19 3:45p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, December 17 3:45p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, January 28 3:45p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, March 25 3:45p.m. CST
    • Tuesday, April 28 3:45p.m. CST

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Thank you for your investment in FACS in Nebraska!

Framing Family and Consumer Sciences within the Context of Career Pathways

The Framework for Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) in Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides a tool for developing high-quality FCS programs of study. It is designed to help local and state CTE administrators leverage their FCS programs to support students preparation for high-skill, high-wage, and/or in-demand careers and meet local economic and workforce demands for talent. FCS educators can also use the Framework to support their work program and instructional planning to enhance the relevancy of their FCS programs.

Career Pathways and Clusters

The career pathways and clusters suggested in the Framework were identified through a national survey of FCS State Administrators about which clusters and pathways were supported through their CTE state leadership initiatives. Courses aligned to these pathways can facilitate CTE concentrators in programs of study that meet workforce and economic needs. CTE administrators should use local, regional, and state workforce demand data to guide decisions about which FCS programs can be leveraged to meet both student interest and workforce demand. But as you can see within the Framework, the opportunities to leverage FCS can be tailored to a CTE program’s needs. Consider the below examples:

Economy with a strong presence of… Can leverages FCS programs of study in…
Agriculture, commodity farming and distribution, and/or food production Food & Nutrition Sciences & Technology
Manufacturing, product development, and retailing of apparel and textile products Apparel & Textile Merchandising & Production
Human services, social services, government program administration, community development Family & Community Services
Counseling & Mental Health Services
Personal Finance & Consumer Services
Architecture, construction, and commercial/residential development Interior Design/Pre-Construction
Schools, youth development, educational programs, colleges/universities, child care centers, and training centers Teaching & Training
Early Childhood Development & Services

Employability Skills

FCS teachers may also train students in employability skills through courses foundational to multiple pathways both within and outside of the FCS pathways and career fields included in the Framework if need is validated by business and industry. FCS teachers are specifically, and unique among other CTE teachers in teaching such employability skills as outlined on the Perkins Collaborative Research Network as interpersonal skills, communication skills, personal qualities, and resource management.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) serves as the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for Family & Consumer Sciences Education, providing teachers and students with valuable experiences to develop and refine skills in Hospitality & Tourism, Visual Arts & Design, Education & Training, and Human Services. FCCLA provides opportunities for students to develop leadership and employability skills that enhance students’ understanding of community, work, family, and their interrelationships.

Family and Consumer Sciences: A field of study

Central to the Framework is the FCS body of knowledge- an interdisciplinary field that explores basic human needs, individual well-being, family strengths, community vitality, and their interrelationships. Cutting across these core concepts are themes of capacity building, global interdependence, resource development and sustainability, technology, and wellness.
The FCS body of knowledge provides the theoretical foundation, serving as a springboard from which FCS teachers and professionals can build FCS programs of study, facilitating student exploration of and advancement in specific career pathways. High-quality FCS programs do this through:

    • Rigorous and relevant classroom instruction aligned to skills demanded by the workforce
    • Engaging work-based learning experiences
    • Embedding national programs and competitive events of FCCLA
    • Facilitating industry-recognized credentials and attainment of post-secondary credit

A Framework for Leveraging Family and Consumer Sciences in CTE

A Framework for Leveraging Family and Consumer Sciences in CTE pdf

Framing Family and Consumer Sciences within the Context of Career Pathways

Framing Family and Consumer Sciences within the Context of Career Pathways webinar

FACS Teacher Culinary Workshops

In conjunction with the Nebraska Restaurant Association and Nebraska ProStart, we are proud to offer several opportunities for Family and Consumer Sciences Educators to develop their culinary skills. Professional development opportunities vary annually. If you are interested in bringing ProStart to your Family and Consumer Sciences classroom to provide technical skill instruction and career readiness skills to your Culinary Arts classroom, please contact Fayrene Hamouz, Education Director for the Nebraska Restaurant Association at neprostart@windstream.net

Please see the below document for links and additional information:

ProStart Video

FCCLA Meetings and Events

Fall Leadership Workshop

TBA in Kearney, NE

Peer Ed Retreat:

February 24, 2020 in Kearney, NE

State Leadership Conference:

April 5-7, 2020 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE

State Officer Leadership Academy (SOLA)

May 26-29, 2020

National Leadership Conference:

July 5-8,  2020 in Washington, D.C.


Updated December 27, 2019 11:02am