The Human Services Career Cluster is made up of three pathways in Kansas, all under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences and is listed below. The pathway design sheets found under each pathway link will provide access to the course competencies, which direct the knowledge and skill development.
Introduction to Human Services
The cluster classroom experience includes both foundational life literacy and technical skills to develop the healthy self of the individual which will enhance success in the helping professions. The career and technical skill organization, Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA), adds to the learning environment and personal growth by offering opportunities to develop leadership while classroom knowledge and skills are applied in authentic work and community related situations. To learn more about this organizations in Kansas visit: Kansas FCCLA.
Consumer Services (CIP Code: 19.0401)
NOTE: The Consumer Services pathway will expire June 30, 2016 as it is being rolled into another Human Services pathway.
Consumer Services pathway focuses on the careers relating to help others to successfully manage their resources including personal and family financial goal setting across the life span, risk management, individual decision making, strategies to goal achievement, income, asset and debt management, risk management, preventing financial difficulties and working with public resources. This is not customer service or the finance/banking professions (which are addressed in the Business and Management career field), but helping people manage their financial decisions as through credit counseling, real estate, and family financial planning to name a few.
Early Childhood Development and Services (CIP Code: 19.0709)
The Early Childhood Development and Services pathway focuses on the careers relating to meeting the needs of children (birth to age five), be they providers in home, community, educational or institutional settings and includes child growth and development, nutrition, recreation, planning and supervising learning activities; child abuse and neglect prevention, working with parents and the legal and administrative requirements of the field. Careers range from preschool teacher to child care center manager.
Family and Community Services (CIP Code: 19.0799)
NOTE: This pathway will be retitled 'Family, Community and Consumer Services' July 1, 2016 to reflect the absorption of the Consumer Services pathway.
The Family and Community Services pathway focuses on careers relating to meeting the essential needs of people, especially occupations which focus on relationships between and among family members including family counseling, marriage therapy, non-profit management and others related to helping others. This pathway is unique in that the entire human condition is reviewed. This is based on the philosophy that no one topic is stand alone, but rather needs to be studied together just as people interact with society on a daily basis and function in the world. . This cluster addresses knowledge and skills in a range to topics from nutrition and wellness and family studies to consumer and personal finance and human growth and development. A strong tie to service leadership is part of this pathway which enhances empathy and caring, two traits important to this cluster area.