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Keeping FACS Alive: FACS in Middle School Feeds CTE in High School in Montana

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

Our Middle School in Helena, Montana teaches a Health/Life Skills class to all 7th graders. Each year I see all 325 7th grade students. We cover Etiquette, Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Food Safety/Nutrition/, Culinary Skills, Kitchen labs, Money Management, Jobs/Careers and Consumerism! Students enjoy the hands on skills.

We are really stressing life skills such as higher education means higher income and well-being. Also, at this age, students are about to get their first job. We do a lot with job/communication skills in real life situations. We have an amazing Career Day at the local college that is well attended and supported by the community.

We have found that if the students do not get these skills in middle school, they might not choose to take CTE courses at the high school. Our High School only requires one CTE credit. So, in order to have a seamless transition from middle school to high school for CTE programs of study, this class helps bridge the gap.

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