Family and Consumer Sciences is considered a part of Career and Technical Education, or CTE. CTE covers a variety of courses and services all aiming to teach technical skills and knowledge needed for success in a global market. Some popular subjects offered by CTE include FACS, Agriculture Education, Business and Information Technology. In middle schools and high schools, CTE is not considered a core area, and therefore, is often the first program to have its funding cut.
While there are many grants available to CTE programs, it is often difficult for these teachers to find the time and resources to apply for and receive these grants. It is vital that a CTE teacher have the support of the community and administration so that their program remains relevant in the school district. This can be done through fundraisers and activities that reach out and involve community members.
Extension Education is another realm of CTE. Extension is similar to CTE at the secondary school level but it extends into the public in a different way. Extension programs offer educational activities, classes and workshops. An example of a FACS related Extension program could be a parenting class. Extension programs offer informative publications to the public as well. Like secondary level CTE, Extension programs often have a lack of funding.
Extension programs can also receive grants in order to survive, but often times the programs do not receive the necessary funding and have to close. If Extension programs are terminated, the public will lose the access to the unbiased research and information the program publishes. Extension Education also runs county 4-H clubs, which would also be minimized because of funding issues. Extension Education offers so much to the community and it would be a true disappointment if it were to disappear.
Funding for K-12 and Extension CTE programs is vital for the betterment of the community. Every person can benefit from Career and Technical Education programs as they cover a great deal of subjects and skills. I would encourage every person to become more familiar with the CTE programs in their area and give their support!