Home Economics Careers & Technology (HECT) Education
Home Economics Careers and Technology (HECT) education programs prepare students for living in the twenty-first century and earning a living in careers. HECT education prepares students to become positive, productive members of the workforce, families, and the community through two complementary instructional programs: Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) and Home Economics Related Occupations (HERO); and FHA-HERO, the career-technical student organization for HECT students. The three Career Technical Education industry sectors that are related to HECT are Education, Child Development and Family Services; Fashion and Interior Design; and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation.
At the elementary school level, students begin developing an awareness of HECT education, including key topics in CFS and related careers. In the middle grades, six through eight, courses provide an opportunity to explore personal life management skills and careers related to HECT.
At the high school level, CFS courses provide a foundation that enables students to pursue a career pathway option through a HERO program in one of eight areas. HECT education programs should include three components: CFS, HERO, and FHA-HERO. Instruction is designed to include the two complementary instructional programs that integrate FHA-HERO leadership and career development activities.
Consumer and Family Studies programs provide students with life management, transferable, and employability skills through instruction and leadership development activities. This program focuses on preparing students to balance personal, family, and work responsibilities. Students are equipped with essential skills for living through instruction in these eight content areas:
- Child Development and Guidance
- Consumer Education
- Family Living and Parenting Education
- Fashion, Textiles, and Apparel
- Food and Nutrition
- Housing and Furnishings
- Individual and Family Health
- Leadership Development
Home Economics Related Occupations programs are the specialized courses designed to prepared students for careers. These programs focus on preparing students with skills for earning a living and careers in the following eight pathways:
- Child Development and Education
- Consumer Services
- Family and Human Services
- Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition
- Food Service and Hospitality
- Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
- Interior Design
FHA-HERO is the pre-professional organization for HECT students that is integral to CFS and HERO instructional programs and builds leaders for families, communities, and careers. FHA-HERO provides co-curricular leadership and career development opportunities based on classroom instruction. Effective programs employ FHA-HERO as a teaching strategy for developing interpersonal, leadership, citizenship, and career skills.
This program is administered by Bob Heuvel, manager of the Agricultural and Home Economics Education Unit. For more information, please contact Home Economics Careers and Technology Education staff at 916-319-0890 or go to the Home Economics Careers and Technology web page or FHA-HERO: The California Affiliate of FCCLA.