Early Childhood students at preschoolHUMAN SERVICES


    The five areas of study in the C4 Human Services cluster focus on students who are interested in working closely with people in a service career.  

    Early Childhood Education prepares students for employment in early childhood education andrelated services and provides the foundation for study in higher education that leads to early childhood education and other child-related careers. Intensive experiences in one or more childcare / preschool or school laboratories, resumes, and
    career portfolios are required components. 
    Teacher Education prepares students for employment in education and related careers and provides the foundation for study in higher education that leads to teaching and other education related careers. Intensive laboratory or field experiences in one or more classroom settings, resumes, and career portfolios are required components. 
    Culinary Arts prepares students for occupations and higher education programs of study related to the entire spectrum of careers in the food industry. Intensive laboratory experiences with commercial applications are included in the courses. Student laboratory experiences may be either school-based or "on-the-job" or a combination of the two. 
    Cosmetology prepares students to obtain the skills needed to be licensed by the Indiana State Board of Cosmetology and enables a successful graduate to take the board examination to become a cosmetologist. In this two-year program, students learn how to provide personal care to improve appearance of hair, skin, and nails. When students attain specific competencies, they apply these acquired skills to serve public patrons in the cosmetology clinic. 
    Family Consumer Science classes offered in this cluster prepare students for some of the many essential skills they will need to keep themselves and their families healthy and successful.  Students may take classes in nutrition, housing and interiors, interpersonal relationships, child development and parenting, and textiles. 
    Course listings and descriptions can be found on: Human Services Course Guide  

    Pathway Documents

    Career Pathway documents are designed to show students some possible career opportunities that are open to them depending on their interests, strengths and competencies. Meeting the career-related needs of students calls for alignment with career opportunities in authentic work settings. Career Pathways provide a useful framework to aid both students and educators in making those meaningful connections to the working world. C4 is creating and publishing Career Pathway Documents within its designated Career Majors.
    The first type of pathway listed in the C4 website is designed for the student who may think that they know what broad career field they are interested in pursuing but they are still exploring the career options available. Working from this model, will prepare students to enter a number of post secondary options which are available in the state of Indiana. 
    The second career pathway publication is designed for the student who has decided on a career choice. This pathway is one that is written between C4 and one post secondary institution where a dual credit or articulation agreement is in place. With this document, the student will see a secondary listing of proposed courses to prepare him or her for post secondary studies and also will find a four semester listing of the courses needed while enrolled in the post secondary institution.
    To help students plan their career and college goals, pathway documents are being developed:
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood – Ivy Tech Community College
    • Early Childhood Technical Certificate – Ivy Tech Community College
    • Teacher Education
    • Elementary Education – Indiana University Purdue University Columbus
    • Cosmetology
    • Culinary Arts
    • Baking and Pastry Arts – Ivy Tech Community College
    • Culinary Arts – Ivy Tech Community College
    • Hotel Management – Ivy Tech Community College
    • Restaurant Management – Ivy Tech Community College
    • FACS Nutrition and Wellness

    Technical Honors Diploma

    Recognizing the success of the career and technical program in students’ lives, Indiana created the Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma. This diploma emphasizes rigorous academic standards and expectations along with vital technical skills. The Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma prepares students to easily move from high school to college, the workforce, or
    elsewhere with a clear focus on their career goals.
    Advantages of a Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma for students include:
    · preparation for both college and careers,
    · opportunities to earn college credits while still in high school,
    · opportunities to explore Indiana’s high wage and high-demand occupations,
    · ability to move more easily into their college major, saving time and money,
    · options to gain practical, real-world working experience,
    · chances to earn employer-recognized certifications,
    · valuable skills and training sought by Indiana employers.



    Student Leadership Organization

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA members make a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.
    Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.



    Early Childhood Education

    Teacher Education

    Amanda Godwin


    Culinary Arts

    Family Consumer Science/Columbus North High School

    Sarabeth Fisher

    Amanda Godwin

    Jill Halterman
    Jenny Wallace

    Family Consumer Science/Columbus East High School



Last Modified on September 13, 2018