Family & Consumer Sciences
The Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) program prepares male and female students for post-secondary education and careers in the business related aspects of family and consumer sciences. It provides opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that students need to become responsible citizens and leaders; and to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.
The two Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) pathways offered at MCMHS are Nutrition and Food Science and Teaching as a Profession. Each pathway is comprised of three courses. Once a student completes all three courses successfully, he or she will take the End of Pathway Assessment for certification and/or licensure in that particular field.
Teaching as a Profession
Teaching as a Profession prepares students for a career dealing with young children. Students examine the teaching profession, study contemporary issues in education, and complete the pathway with an internship. Students apply the child growth and development knowledge gained in the classroom by job interning at L. K. Moss Elementary School. A few of the careers TAP may lead a student into include, but not limited to, teacher, teaching assistant, administrator or counselor. Other related areas where basic child growth and development knowledge is needed include pediatrician, child psychiatrist, and social worker. Teaching as a Profession is articulated with the University System of Georgia.
Nutrition and Food Science
Nutrition is an important life skill – without proper nutrition, individuals may develop many health related diseases and disorders. Food Science enables research to develop new products in the market place that might prevent disease or add longevity to your life. The Nutrition and Food Science pathway helps students gain knowledge and skills that will help them make sound decisions related to their personal health and well-being as well as prepare for a career. Students that choose this pathway may further their studies for a career as a nutritionist, dietitian, or food scientist/technologists. They may also have entry-level jobs working in food service programs in hospitals and other facilities.
Lab experiences in all three courses allow students to have hands-on experience in studying food preparation, sanitation and safety. The Nutrition and Food Science program has collaborated with other programs in the school to broaden their experience. Students completing this pathway will take the ServSafe End of Pathway Assessment.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA
In addition to classroom/ laboratory instruction, which aids in the development of academic and technical skills, the Family and Consumer Sciences program also includes participation in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a career and technical student organization. FCCLA provides an array of activities to enhance student academic and technical competencies and develop leadership and communication skills. Monthly meetings are held at school along with competitive events, community service projects, opportunities for participation in region, state and national leadership conferences. The MCMHS FCCLA program is recognized at the state and national levels for its performance and activities. Members have fun while they develop important skills for life.
Mrs. Megan Scott is the Nutrition and Food Science and Teaching as a Profession Instructor. Mrs. Scott also advises FCCLA and FBLA.