• Human Services


    human svcs



    Early Childhood Education

    Sara Vanderbur

    Teacher Education

    Liz Stroh



    Culinary Arts

    Carrie Douglas 

    Angela Emmitt

    Family Consumer Science/Columbus North High School

    Angela Emmitt

    Christina Newell

    Family Consumer Science/Columbus East High School


    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 and related services and provides the foundation for study in higher education that leads to early childhood education and other child-related careers. Intensive experience 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 experience 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 experience with commercial applications is 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 the 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. 

    Human Services Course Guide

    Pathway Documents

    Career Pathway documents 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. 


    To help students plan their career and college goals, pathway documents are available:

    • 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 science 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.