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Human Services Cluster Overview

The skill set for Human Services careers are found at a foundational level within the mission and indicators of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Human Services is aligned to the helping professions as captured by the Advanced CTE’s Common Career and Technical Core which reads “Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs.”  These human needs are defined by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. (https://www.consultmcgregor.com/documents/publications/well-being_wellness_and_basic_human_needs_in_home_economics.pdf )

In Kansas, Family and Consumer Sciences refers to life literacy instruction, aligned to social and emotional wellness, lifespan health, financial wellness, consumerism, child development and healthy relationships, as well as occupational technical skill set attainment through the following career clusters: Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design (FAID). 

The pathway design sheets and course competencies for each are found under the pathway links below. The course competencies will direct the technical knowledge and skill needed for the professions found under Human Services.

Foundational Life Literacy and Occupational Skill Set
The Human Services 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. This is based on research conducted in 2015 which indicated a need for both prevention and intervention understanding. 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.

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. This industry impacts the Kansas economy by close to $1 billion when both the $340+ million of provider earned income is combined with the over $640 million value of their parents who can work because they have care. Careers range from preschool teacher to child care center manager with annual salary ranges from $17,000 to $103,000.  This is a high demand field and expected to grow as policies related to expanding quality early care access and kindergarten readiness are made.

Family, Community and Consumer Services (CIP Code: 19.0799)
The Family Community and Consumer Services pathway focuses on careers relating to meeting the essential needs of people which range from social and emotional wellness to financial and physical health because they are inter-related.  Occupations which focus on relationships between and among family members including family counseling, marriage therapy, non-profit management and others related to helping others are a focus but also those related to personal and family financial goal setting, credit counseling and resource support. This is not customer service or the banking professions, but those related to helping people manage their finances or to regain credit stability. This pathway is unique in that the entire human condition is included.

This cluster addresses technical 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 and advocacy is part of this pathway which enhances empathy and caring, two traits important to this cluster area.

The Consumer Services pathway (CIP Code: 19.0401) was made in 2016 as financial concerns are strongly connected to marriage conflicts, mental stress and poverty. For this reason, careers in credit counseling, family financial planning, retirement planning, consumer advocacy and affairs, customer relations, real estate  and insurance  are included here.

Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design (FAID) (CIP Code: 19.0999)
Fashion, Apparel and Interior Design (FAID is part of Human Services as this multi-million dollar industry crosses many clusters, but is very strongly linked with the needs of humans as well as an extension of their sense of self and financial status.  Careers are based on the emerging needs of the Kansas City resident designer movement as well as the entrepreneurial endeavors across the state.  Over thirty FAID related businesses are found in Kansas which indicates Kansas has a strong need for developing the technical skill set for this field. Course competencies have been developed with the direct input of industry.  This placement is also aligned with the national educational systems where FAID courses and CIP codes are found under Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Services.

Statewide Articulation Agreements

State-wide articulation agreements have been developed for all clusters. To see those available for this cluster's pathways, click on the following link.
Statewide Articulation AgreementsLink

Wage & Employment Information

The following documents highlight occupational outlook within the areas named in the title of the document based on the 2016-2026 Kansas Occupational Outlook Study. Click on each title to open.

Family and Consumer Sciences 

Helen Swanson
(785) 296-4912

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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