A state's participation in the Consortium for the current year is possible through payment of an annual fee. While Pre-PAC products and services are available throughout the nation, states currently participating in the Consortium have a voice in product development, obtain reduced pricing on assessment products, and receive state compiled data reports and support for professional development. State entities are at varied points in obtaining approval and funding for consortium participation.
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Background of the Pre-PAC Founding Consortium
In 2007 the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) launched an initiative to create standards-based competency assessments and industry-recognized pre-professional certifications in a variety of family and consumer sciences career areas. These credentialing products along with related services are part of the Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification (Pre-PAC) program in the association’s Family and Consumer Sciences Credentialing Center.
A primary objective of this initiative is to satisfy the needs of secondary and post-secondary education programs to meet state and federal requirements for program accountability and improvement while also providing a mechanism to document knowledge and skill attainment for use by employers in employee hiring and placement. Central to meeting these objectives is a mechanism for obtaining information concerning education and employment in the states. The Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification Consortium was created to serve in an advisory capacity for the program. AAFCS recognizes the participation of states and FCCLA in the Pre-PAC Founding Consortium (2007-2009). Click here for a listing of those Founding Consortium participants.
Further Information on Participation
For more information concerning consortium participation, please contact AAFCS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-63-7641.