CT Academy: Human Services

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Human Services Academy

2018 Spring Schedule

1st Block:  Planning

2nd Block:  FACS

3rd Block:  Fashion Design & Merchandising

4th Block:  FACS

 Office Hours:  Wednesday during Refuel

The Human Services Academy includes Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Food and Nutrition, Child Development, Career Preparedness, and Education and Training.


Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

18 weeks/ 1 credit

This course is the introductory course to Fashion, but may also be taken along with other Human Service Academy courses.  This course will allow students to explore nutrition and cooking, communicatio, family relationships, interior design, fashion and sewing techniques and much more.  As an overview course, this allows tudents to explore all the pathways offered in Family Studies and Community Service.



18 weeks/1 credit

Prerequisite:  FACS

This foundation course provides students with an insight to the knowledge and skills required for a career in the apparel, textile, and fashion industries.  The student will become familiar with fashion terminology; study fashion designer; apply construction and design techniques in lad (HANDS ON CLASS); as well as design their own fashions and draft patterns.  The student will become familiar with all types of hand and machine sewing and utilize current technology in the sewing lab.  Additonal costs will be required as special projects are constructed during the course.

Recommended:  Good attendance is required for success in this highly lab based course.


Fashion Design:  18 weeks/ 1 credit

Prerequisite:  FACS or Fashion (with Fashion preferred)

Fashion Design is a one-credit course designed for students interested in fashion, fashion design and apparel and textile design technology.  Content provides opportunities for students to explore histories, costumes, research current fashion styles and trends, analyze fibers and textiles, design clothing and accessories, utilize technology in fashion design, and explore career options in apparel and textile industries.


Fashion Merchandising:  18 weeks/ 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Fashion Design 

Fashion Merchandising is a one-credit course for students who are interested in the fashion and retail industry.  Content provides opportunities for students to explore factors related to the retail industry, examine structure and organization of fashion business operations, study merchandising techniques, utilize technology in fashion merchandising, and explore career options in fashion and retail industries.

Food and Nutriton

18 weeks/1 credit

Topics include the impact of daily nutrition and wellness practices on long-term health and wellness; physical, social, and psychological aspects of healthy nutrition and wellness choices; selection and preparation of nutritious meals and snacks based on USDA Dietary Guidelines, including MyPlate; safety, sanitation, storage, and recycling processes and issues associated with nutrition and wellness; impacts of science and technology on nutrition and wellness issues; national and international foods; and nutrition and wellness career paths.


Child Development

18 weeks/ 1 credit

Students will explore the development of children from birth to 12 years and observe children at different stages of development.  Students will take home a "Baby Think it Over" Infant Simulator and will study factors that affect children like health issues, educaiton, and abuse.  Students will analzye career options in the area of Child Development.


Education and Training

18 weeks/ 1 credit

This foundation course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in education.  Course content includes the organizational structure of education, careers, the role of the teachers, characteristics of effective teachers, communication skills, the teaching and learning processes, learning styles, research, characteristics of positive classroom environments, human growth and development, curriculum development, student characteristics, teaching techniques, learning activities, educational initiatives, technology, and careers.  Observational experiences are a required component of this course.


Teaching 1

18 weeks/ 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Education and Training

The course includes content that helps students implement the teaching and learning processes.  Major topics included in this course are funding soruces, budget preparations, legal aspects, research, teaching and learning theories, curriculum development and much more.  School-based laborattory experiences are essential for students to develop skills in teaching.  Observational experiences are a required componenet of this course.

Teaching 2

18 weeks/ 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Teaching 1

This course provides students with advanced knowledge and utilization of skills found in education and is an extension of Teaching 1; embeded service learning through job shadowing in area schools will be an integral component of this course.


Career Preparedness

9 weeks/ .5 credit

The Career Preparedness course focuses on three integrated areas of instruction-academic planning and career development, financial literacy, and technology.  Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk.  The area of technology is designed to be interwoven throughout course instruction.  Mastery of the content standards provides a strong foundation for student acquisition of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that enables them to achieve success in school, at work, and across the life span.