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Family and Consumer Science

What is in your future?  Will you join the workforce 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. 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. These 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.  


  • This two semester course focuses on multiple areas within Family and Consumer Sciences.  Throughout this course students will study units of  foods and nutrition, communication, money management, dating and relationships, housing, FCS careers, personal grooming, sewing, health and wellness, and child development.  This course uses a variety of materials and methods with an emphasis on a “hands on approach.” This course is designed to be relevant to the students’ present day life and to be a foundation for future high school FCS courses. Students enrolled in this course will be encouraged to become participating members of FCCLA. 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 has a strong emphasis on a variety of preparation techniques that promote complete meal preparation. A strong emphasis is placed on nutrition and meal planning to meet dietary guidelines. Students will learn basic techniques in preparing dairy, protein, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Students who take this course will gain essential skills for life to promote healthy home cooking, interpretation of recipes, time management, safety and sanitation, and teamwork.  Careers: Chef, Restaurant Manager., Food Technician, Dietician, Athletic Trainer, Safety Inspector, Wholesale Demonstrator, Caterer, Food Tester, Butcher, Baker. #6200  

CULINARY SPECIALTY: Grade 10-12, Semester=2 Periods =2 CR, No Prerequisite

  • This course includes instruction in a variety of skills associated with two major components of the food industry. The first portion of this course will focus on appetizers, starters, soups, salads, canapes. The second portion of the class introduces basic components of baking. Students will learn the basic scientific and chemical processes involved when combining ingredients resulting in a variety of outcomes. Students will learn how to make cookies, yeast bread, quick bread, pies, and cake from scratch. Students will demonstrate methods to increase nutritional value, lower calories and fat content while creating enjoyable food. #6201

SEWING WITH DESIGN OPTIONS:  Grade 9-12, 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

ADVANCED SEWING/FASHION DESIGN: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite: Sewing with Design Options 

  • In this course students will further strengthen and broaden apparel design and production techniques. Throughout this course, students will study design, quilting methods and construct intermediate level projects using various construction techniques. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel and textile industry along with entrepreneurial opportunities. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Student leadership and competitive events (FCCLA) may be integrated into this course. Related careers: Clothing designer, seamstress, tailor, textile designer, fashion designer, textile engineer, pattern developer. #0000

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT:  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

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING:  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

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CHILD CARE:  Grade 10-12, Spring Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

  • It is essential for all people who plan to be parents, child care providers, or who select a career that interacts with children to gain understanding of proper child care. Topics in this course include physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and moral components of wellbeing. The care and guidance of infants, toddlers,  preschoolers and adolescents 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

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:  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

INDEPENDENT LIVING:  Grade 9-12, 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

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:  Grade 9-12, 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

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. 

VOCATIONAL COMMUNITY SKILLS:  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 chart in the Introduction section. OHS discipline and attendance policies apply. 

EDU213: INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION:  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

EDU235:  CHILDREN’S LITERATURE:  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

HCM114/HCM115 BASIC BAKING AND LAB:  Grade 11-12, Semester 2 Periods =2 CR, Prerequisite=Food Prep & Meal Mgmt and Culinary Specialty 

  • This course will allow the student the use of weights and measurements as it relates to a retail bakery. The student will learn various ingredients and will learn to mix, blend, and combine ingredients into bakery products. The use of scales, utensils, and bakery equipment will be included. 
  • This course is a basic introduction to the study of methods in producing various sweet goods and breads. The student will learn manipulative skills and use equipment in baking a variety of sweet goods and breads.
  • This course includes instruction in many techniques and skills associated with the baking industry including but not limited to decorating, display, advertising, sales analysis, and equipment use. The class will cover the basics of the scientific and chemical processes involved when combining and preparing desserts or other baked goods. Unit studies include: yeast breads, quick breads, cake decorating, pastries, pies, cookies, chocolate and specialty desserts including ethnic varieties. Students will gain understanding of potential job opportunities. Students will be responsible for running both back of the house and front of the house coffee shop operation at Career Campus. .Students in this class are automatically members of FCCLA where they can choose to take part in competitive events at the state and national level. #HCM114

HCM163 CULINARY SKILLS:  Grade 11-12, Semester 2 Periods =2 CR, Prerequisite=Food Prep & Meal Mgmt and Culinary Specialty

  • This course will instruct students in basic culinary skills. Students will become familiar with the safe operation of food processing equipment, develop hand skills and practice proper sanitation techniques. Development of good work habits and effective use of time and workspace will be emphasized. 
  • Students will develop essential skills necessary to begin a successful career in the culinary and food service industry. This course will cover an overview of the restaurant and foodservice industry, how to create a safe operation, an introduction to the industrial kitchen, service and management, as well as daily lab components. Students are required to take the ServSafe Exam for certification in restaurant management food safety and sanitation. Students are required to run front of the house and back of the house operations of the Career Campus Cafe. They will work as a team to develop menus and cater events. A team of students from this class will represent OHS at the IHCC Iron Chef Competition. Students in this class are automatically members of FCCLA where they can choose to take part in competitive events at the state and national level.  A student who attends the IHCC Culinary Program will also earn credit/waiver from HCM 101 Safety Sanitation class if they pass the Serv/Safe exam. #HCM163