Our Mission

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) helps prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pathways

The Utah FACS Education Pathways are based on national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for FACS. By taking FACS courses, students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families throughout their lives to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The challenges individuals face throughout their lives include balancing personal, home, family and work lives; acquiring marketable skills to be successful in life management, employment, and career development; promoting optimal nutrition and wellness; and managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families.

In today's society there are more two-career families than ever before, and the number of personal bankruptcies has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. Family and Consumer Sciences can give individuals the practical knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments.

Below are the seven Pathways in Family and Consumer Sciences Education:
Consumer Economics Services
Early Childhood Education
Family and Human Services
Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising
Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition
Food Services and Culinary Arts
Interior Design

Student Leadership Organization

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the student leadership organization for FACS Education. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life and careers through Family and Consumer Sciences. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life.

  • Nationally there are over 202,825 members in over 5,868 chapters.
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  • Utah has over 2,698 members in 112 chapters.
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Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication necessary in the home and workplace.

National Recognition

There are numerous FCCLA programs that encourage students to strive to improve their school and community. Utah FCCLA students support No Hungry Kid— Through the Share the Strength campaign, last year Utah FCCLA chapters raised $8,200 for this program. The goal is to end childhood hunger. Sixty percent of the funds raised are to come back to Utah food banks.

In 2014, Utah had 162 student members participate in competitive events at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Of these students, 149 were medalists, with 41 receiving a gold medal, 82 receiving a silver medal, and 26 receiving a bronze medal.

Career Preparation/Economic Development

Family and Consumer Sciences courses provide students with skills needed to balance life and careers.

In 2014, 32,895 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Family and Consumer Sciences, indicating a high level of performance.

State and Local Partnerships

  • National Restaurant Association
  • ProStart
  • Utah Dairy Council
  • Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
  • Utah Nutrition Council
  • Utah Restaurant Association

Our vision is 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.