Highlands FCS Department

Career Pathways

Highlands High School Family and Consumer Sciences Department is constantly revising content to meet the needs of the students and current industry standards. The department currently offers four career pathways for students. They include, Early Childhood Education, Fashion and Interior Design, Culinary Arts and Nutrition and Family and Consumer Management.

Fashion and Interior Design Pathway

This career pathway is designed for students who have an interest in Fashion and Interior Design as a possible career choice. The students learn about both industries and explore careers in each. The fashion portion includes construction of items using sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. The interior portion includes space planning and designing of commercial and residential spaces. The FCS department and the Fashion III students run a school based entrepreneurship business, Bluebird Embroidery. Courses within this pathway include Lifeskills, Fashion and Interior Design I, II, & III.

Early Childhood Education Pathway

Early Childhood Education is available for students who plan to pursue a career working with children in many different capacities. Students learn about parenting styles, areas of development, stages of children, guidance techniques, lesson planning and engage in co-op experiences in the community day cares and preschool programs. Courses included in this career pathway include Lifeskills, Parenting and Child Development and Child Care Services I & II. Students will earn their Orientation to Training Credential and their Commonwealth Child Care Credential once completing the pathway. These are two crucial credentials that are required when working with young children in Kentucky.

Culinary Arts and Nutrition Pathway

The Culinary Arts Pathway is designed for students who are interested in exploring careers in the culinary and nutrition areas. Students learn nutrition information, meal prep, safety and sanitation and catering. The students in Culinary Arts I & II run a school based business, Bluebird Catering. Students also can earn the ServSafe industry certification through enrollment in these courses. Courses include Lifeskills, Foods and Nutrition and Culinary Arts I & II.