Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education empowers students to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The work and family relationship is a unique focus of our discipline. The study of Family and Consumer Sciences helps the student develop an understanding of how individuals interact with others, cope with change and learn to manage his/her life in a meaningful way.

Family and Consumer Sciences High School courses prepare students for family life and careers in many disciplines including: Nutrition, Food Preparation, Parenting, Relationships, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Family Economics, Human Development, Interior Design, and Fashion Design. Middle Level courses provide Basic Life Skill and Career Exploration.

The focus of the Family and Consumer Sciences program is the family, self, others, and related careers. Students have the opportunity to become knowledgeable about themselves and others so they can make responsible decisions, interact effectively, and prepare for occupations, as well as the work of the family. High school students may choose a wide variety of classes or focus on one of the following areas:

  • Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design
  • Foods, Nutrition and Wellness
  • Human and Child Development

All classes meet the Career and Technical Education graduation requirement, or may be taken for elective credit. Human Behavior and Families and Crises meet the Human Behavior graduation requirement.

Health Sciences

Lincoln Public Schools has developed a series of Health Sciences courses that combines classroom learning with hands-on clinical labs to let you experience the rigor and rewards of a career in Health Science. Learn the basic life skills of CPR and First Aid and be eligible for certification. Learn the fundamentals of medical terminology that will increase your vocabulary and give you a head start in future medical study. Practice and perform fundamental health care skills in an off-site community clinical lab setting that meets certification requirements.

Introduction to Health Occupations

Introduction to Health Occupations gives students exposure to different health career areas and develops fundamental skills used in the health sciences career cluster. This core course is designed to give an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, research and development, and support systems of the health care industry. This course also focuses on careers in biotechnology, which is the application of technology to biological processes for industrial, agricultural, and medical purposes, including genetic engineering. This introductory course provides exploration, discusses ethical and legal responsibilities, and builds foundational skills needed in these occupations. Instructional strategies may include lab projects, simulations, and cooperative ventures between school and community.

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology will provide an introduction to medical terms used in multiple health occupations career pathways. Course instruction will provide a system for building a basic structure of medical terms. Pronouncing, spelling, defining terms and common medical abbreviations included. Recommended for students interested in any form of medical careers and for students in grades 11-12. This course will receive advanced credit at Southeast Community College which can also transfer to other postsecondary programs.

Fundamentals of Health Careers

This semester class enables students to learn, discuss, and perform basic patient care needed in a skilled medical facility in multiple health career pathways. Students will demonstrate and assess their interests and abilities to handle the college-level coursework as well as the physical and emotional challenges of patient health care. The course is taught by a registered nurse and includes 50% classroom instruction at a designated school site (may not be your home school) and 50% off-site lab time at SCC or skilled medical facility to be arranged by the instructor.

Students will provide their own transportation and will be flexible in scheduling some arranged off-site lab time. Prerequisites to this course include successful completion of either Intro to Health Occupations or Anatomy and Physiology and excellent attendance and work habits. Seniors have priority for this course. Juniors may be selected as space allows and would be placed on waiting list for their senior year. This course will be taught by a registered nurse from SCC and all off-site lab arrangements will be done by SCC. Students will also earn credit at SCC for this course and be qualified to earn their CNA certification from the State Health Department upon satisfactory completion. These CNA credentials transfer to many other health occupations programs throughout the state and nation. Enrollments will be limited.