What is in your future? Will you join the work force full-time or possibly part-time because you will be juggling work while enrolled in a post-secondary program to pursue a college degree? Are you prepared to live on your own? Do you know what it takes to live without parent/guardian assistance?

When living on your own, you will face many new challenges. Has your family prepared you for the everyday skills that you will need to function and succeed in the 21st century? 

The Family and Consumer Sciences department offers a wide variety of courses that will prepare all students with life-long skills that enable them to be productive in their everyday lives and the world of work. The FSC courses have the 21st Century Core Curriculum Competencies embedded in them so the students will acquire skills to enhance their personal and family living now and in the future. FCS courses not only prepare students for career and technical education, they also transition students for a successful life and productive citizenship for the community in which they live.  

Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisites

During the first semester, the student will study units of communication skills, money management, dating & relationships, food canning/preservation, housing, FCS careers, personal grooming, and wellness. The communication unit discusses the skills needed for effective living and learning. The housing unit includes the principles and elements of design, the awareness of various housing options, and the creation of a “dream” bedroom that includes furniture arrangement and design principles. Personal care and hygiene enhances one's feelings, appearance, and how one presents him/herself as well as how to make decisions about caring for one’s self. The money management unit introduces the basics of banking services. The fashion and trends unit prepares students for clothing construction, costs, and care.  

During the second semester, the student will sew projects, study foods and nutrition, health and wellness, and child development. The clothing unit involves learning to use a sewing machine, sewing a variety of stitches, using an iron, cutting out patterns and following directions. Foods and nutrition will involve the study of the food groups, basic nutrition, and kitchen survival. Safety and sanitation, measuring ingredients correctly, and following directions in a recipe are emphasized. A wide variety of foods are prepared in lab that prepare students to move on to Foods 1. The child development unit includes a review of baby-sitting and the six areas of growth for children ages one to five. Students will construct a toy from scratch, develop a babysitter bag of tricks, evaluate safety of toys on the market, and plan a daycare for their community to learn about operating costs of running a child care center.Related Careers: Foods and Nutrition, Clothing and Textiles, Money Management & Consumerism, Housing,
Family Living, and Child Care. #6000

Food Preparation and Meal Management::

Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

This course concentrates on the nutritional needs of the body, meal planning, and enjoyment of a wide variety of foods for meals, snacks, and other occasions. Students will gain confidence in the food laboratories interpreting recipes, managing time and financial resources, modeling safety and food sanitation principles and buying, storing, preparing and serving food. Experience planning meals, using advanced equipment, convenience foods, sports nutrition, and meats in minutes will also be covered. Students will explore global ethnic regions and cultural foods. Parent/guardian permission is required for students to travel on class assignments. Related Careers: Chef, Restaurant Management, Food Technologist, Dietician, Athletic Trainer, Safety Inspector, Wholesale Demonstrator, Caterer, Food Tester, Butcher, Baker. #6200

Culinary Specialty - Baking:

Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite
This course includes instruction in many techniques and skills associated with the baking and pastry industry. Students will gain hands-on experience creating sandwiches, canapés, appetizers, and a variety of baked products. The class will cover the basics of the scientific and chemical processes involved when combining and preparing desserts or other baked goods. Students will demonstrate methods to increase nutritional value, lower calories and fat content. Unit studies include: yeast breads; quick breads; pastries, pies, cookies; chocolate; and specialty desserts. Students will gain understanding of potential job opportunities. Related Careers: Professional Baker, Cake Designer, and Pastry Chef.

Grade 11-12, Semester 2 Periods =2 CR, Prerequisite=Foods 1 & 2

This course has a strong emphasis on all aspects of the restaurant industry. Students will run a restaurant that will involve quantity food preparation, catering and management with both “back” and “front-of-the-house” experiences. This is the class that operates the Bulldog Café. Students will experience job shadowing in culinary career areas. It is encouraged that students can will need to provide their own transportation. It is a requirement of the class to travel with the teacher. Students will job shadow and grocery shop regularly. Students will compete in Iron Chef Competitions at Indian Hills Community College. Daily attendance and reliability are essential to the completion of the course. This is an ideal course for anyone considering or preparing for a food-related career.

Students enrolled in CEO will earn 1 IHCC credit, HCM101 Safety/Sanitation. Students will have take the ServSafe test exam for Iowa Certification. Employees with the ServSafe certification are more employable in any position in any part of the food industry. 

A strong emphasis on independent study allows students to expand their interest in particular application, to explore topics in greater detail, or develop more advanced skills. Students choosing this course should be self-driven, prepared to work with business partners in the community, and willing to work in a professional setting. #6205

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS: Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Students will focus on essential family consumer science skills including meal planning, preparation, laundry, dishes, personal care and hygiene, the study of the food groups, basic nutrition, and kitchen survival.  Safety and sanitation, measuring ingredients correctly, and following directions in a recipe are also emphasized. 

Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

This class will provide students with an understanding of the elements and principles of design and utilize them to create living spaces. Architectural styles of homes, furniture designs, and interior backgrounds will all be studied. Students will learn to analyze a client’s needs and select appropriate colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting, and furniture. Students will develop skills in architectural drafting and space planning as they prepare sample rooms and floor plans. Students will have exposure to various career opportunities in Interior Design. Related Careers: Interior Designer, Furniture Designer, Space Planner, Exhibition Designer, Lighting Designer, Kitchen Designer, and House Stager. #6309


Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

This beginning course will feature basic sewing techniques such as layout and cutting of patterns, sewing seams, applying interfacing, and hemming techniques. Enter the world of creativity and fun with textiles. Multiple hands-on projects selected from a wide range of home furnishings and accessories, recreational, apparel, and seasonal items. Learn through recycling and inexpensive sewing projects. Projects will suit all ability levels from novice to experienced, male to female. Sewing kit and project materials are the student’s responsibility to provide. Small class size will allow greater interaction between student and teacher. Related Careers: Clothing Designer, Seamstress, Tailor, Textile Designer, Fashion Designer, and
Textile Engineer. #6308

Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

This course addresses the growing field of tourism which is the tenth largest job area in Iowa! Whether you are interested in a bustling hotel in a big city, a resort on a sunny beach, a cruise ship, cozy ski lodge, a limited service property on a busy interstate, a quaint bed and breakfast or even an elegant private club, this emerging career area may be for you.  

Students will learn about hotel/restaurant management, the food and beverage area as well as catering events, lodging, travel, events center planning, tourism and recreation. The business aspects of these areas are covered including human resources, accounting, sales and marketing. The roles, responsibilities and required skills of individuals choosing hospitality as a career path are included. Starting your own business, workplace safety, legal and ethical considerations are also part of this program of studies. Students will work on community projects they are interested in that will give them a deeper understanding into working in this industry. #6314

Grade 10-12, Fall Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

This one semester course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary now and in the future as a parent, family and community member, and child care worker. The course is designed to address the roles and responsibilities of parenting, living in and understanding families, societal conditions and influences on the family, teen pregnancy and parenthood, pregnancy and birth, growth of a newborn, and child care options. Experience an empathy belly, to gain an understanding and sensitivity of pregnancy. Curriculum is enriched with community speakers. Related Careers: Child Life Specialist, Childcare Center Director, Child Welfare Worker, and Preschool Teacher. #6302

Grade 10-12, Spring Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Second semester is an extension of first semester. It is essential for all people who plan to be parents, child care providers, select a career that interacts with children, or just enjoy children. Topics will include the total healthful development of the child that includes physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and moral components. The care and guidance of infants, toddlers and preschoolers will be studied. Students will observe, plan activities, and interact with children at local child development centers. A required home project utilizes the “Reality Baby” computerized doll, for one weekend. Related Careers: Early Childhood Educator, Child and Family Social Worker, Elementary School Teacher, Occupational Therapy
Assistant, and Pediatric Nutritionist & Dietitian. #6312
Grade 11-12, Semester 2 Periods=2 CR, No Prerequisite

This course is designed as a career-tech exploratory class, especially recommended for students considering careers in education, pediatric nursing, social work, and child care. It is recommended but not required that students take Child Development & Parenting and Child Development & Child Care before taking this class.

The first few weeks are spent in the study of child development principles, followed by working in individual elementary classrooms or preschool learning sites. Early Childhood Education students work with children as individuals and in small groups. They will become familiar with school organization and work closely with faculty members. Students will be expected to prepare projects in several areas. A resume/portfolio will be developed. Students will need to provide transportation to their learning sites; transportation needs should be discussed with the instructor. Related Careers: Preschool or Elementary Teacher. #6104


Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

This life skills program focuses on independent living. Units include decision-making and values, housing choices, purchasing vehicles, managing finances, paying for college, meeting basic health needs, selecting and preparing nutritional foods, consumerism and buying habits, and clothing care. The intention of this course is to help students make the break from living at home to successfully being able to live on one’s own wherever that may be after high school. Don’t leave high school without this one!!! Parent/guardian permission is required for students to travel on class assignments. #6303


Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite 

Interpersonal relationships is designed to help students analyze their strengths and weaknesses in different relationships including relationships with themselves, family and friends. Students will grow and develop, strengthening both knowledge and skills so that they can build and maintain healthy relationships with multiple groups of people throughout their life. This is true whether those personal relationships are with members in the immediate family, other relatives, friends, or others in the community. Relationship skills also can impact success in the workplace as you relate to coworkers and colleagues, bosses and supervisors, customers and clients, or employees. These skills can impact success as students participate in the workforce, both as a team member and as a team leader. Interpersonal skills can help you develop lifelong skills for managing areas of your life.  Related Career Fields: Counseling, Teaching, Psychiatry, Human Relations, etc.  #6106


Grade=9-12, 2 Periods Year=4 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Students will focus on vocational community skills that will aid in their transition to community after high school. They will focus on communication, job readiness, safety, relationships, and behavior awareness/accountability. The community portion of the class utilizes training and application of consumer skills at a very basic level such as independence in making a small purchase at a store and community mobility using the city bus system with support. #354, 3542


The following Indian Hills Community College courses are offered for concurrent credit. Successful completion of these courses will result in OHS credit toward graduation AND college credit at IHCC. See proficiency requirements on page 10. OHS discipline and attendance policies apply. 

Grade=11-12, Semester=1 HS CR (3 IHCC CR), Prerequisite=Proficiency Required

Introduction to Education surveys the teaching profession and introduces the student to the basic concepts and principles of education, including teaching effectiveness, school models and reform, curriculum, diversity, law, administration, philosophies, and job options. If a student plans to be an
educator, this course will give the student a look at what he/she needs to know to get into the profession. Related Career Fields: Teaching or Education of any level. #EDU213

Grade=11-12, Semester=1 HS CR (3 IHCC CR), Prerequisite=Proficiency Required

Children’s Literature provides a survey of children's literature focusing on specific literary categories, including poetry, fantasy, historical fiction, picture books, realistic fiction, and informational books. Major writers are examined in each category. Additionally, the course explores evaluating and selecting children's literature for personal and professional use.  This course is recommended for those planning to teach preschool or elementary. Related Career Fields: Preschool or Elementary Education. #EDU235