Webinar: Framing Family & Consumer Sciences Within the Context of Career Pathways (Fall, 2018)

  • Kristin Vest, M.S. Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
  • Reno Palombit, Family & Consumer Sciences Education Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

About the Session

With the renewed legislation for Career & Technical Education (CTE), known as Perkins V, it is important to evaluate FCS programs and identify opportunities to further enhance FCS instruction by aligning to 21st century expectations of CTE programs. Building sustainable, highly-regarded FCS programs means understanding the perspective of CTE state and local administrators and their vision for high-quality programs. Being able to articulate how your FCS program supports career pathways initiatives is a critical component to promoting your program and building support. This session will equip participants with a framework for developing and/or refining FCS programs, resources to evaluate FCS programs, and the language to promote FCS programs.  

After the session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe how FCS programs support Career Pathways initiatives; 
  2. Identify components of a high-quality FCS program; 
  3. Evaluate FCS programs for enhanced alignment to Career Pathways initiatives and 21st Century Career & Technical Education programs; and 
  4. Develop marketing and promotional tools that demonstrate how your FCS program supports 21st Century Career & Technical Education initiatives.

Attend this session to design and improve Family & Consumer Sciences programs and build support for your FCS program from state, local, and national Career & Technical Education administrators and leaders.

About the Presenter(s)

Kristin Vest is the Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist and FCCLA State Adviser for the Nebraska Department of Education. Kristin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has ten years of secondary classroom experience teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She currently provides program leadership, programs of study and curriculum support to Family and Consumer Sciences as well as Education and Training teachers in over 275 secondary programs across Nebraska. She is actively involved in the Say Yes to FCS teacher recruitment campaign. Kristin currently serves as the Chair-Elect for the National State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS).

Reno Palombit is a Family and Consumer Sciences Education Consultant with the Career and Technical Education Division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, he manages Career and Technical Education courses in the areas of Food & Nutrition, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Food Science & Technology. Reno works to deliver relevant curriculum to the 124,325 students who take FCS courses annually, as well as supporting over 1,100 FCS teachers through professional development experiences and technical assistance to the field. Reno currently serves as Chair of the FCCLA National Board of Directors and President of the NC Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NCAFCS). He is passionate about preparing students for careers in food, nutrition, and culinary arts and helping to raise a generation of young people who are food literate.


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