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Human Services

This career cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways related to families and human needs.

Based on the latest statistics, more than 7.2 million people are employed in human services occupations. Faster than average employment growth, coupled with high turnover, should create numerous employment opportunities.

Programs of Study

Social health services focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for occupations that support the everyday functioning of society, such as social services workers, counselors, and family mediators. In this program of study, students investigate human needs and their impact on lifespan development, an overview of the human and social services fields, communication skills, and the historical and social changes of the modern family. As students progress through the program of study, they will compile artifacts for a portfolio in preparation for future training at a postsecondary level.

Course Standards

Dietetics and Nutrition is designed to prepare students for occupations that focus on nutritional well-being, such as dietitian or nutritional counselor. The course content covers the foundations of human needs, nutritional requirements and issues, nutrients and their relation to disease, and disease prevention. Upon completion of this POS, students will graduate with a professional portfolio and will be prepared for further study or a variety of nutritional career opportunities.

Course Standards

1Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

All courses in the Cosmetology program of study have been revised to address and prepare students for postsecondary and industry standards. Cosmetology is designed to prepare students for careers in cosmetology by developing an understanding of efficient and safe work practices, salon business concepts and operations, hair techniques and chemical services, facial and skin care procedures and state board theoretical practical application. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry. Students may acquire hours transferable to a postsecondary institution for completion of hourly requirements needed to sit for the Tennessee Cosmetology and Barber Examiners examination.

Course Standards

Barbering focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for individuals interested in careers within the barbering industry. Course content provides students with the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills in barbering theory while applying technical skills related to safety, principles of hair, nail structure, and scalp care. Students may acquire hours transferable to a postsecondary institution for completion of hourly requirements needed to sit for the Tennessee Cosmetology and Barber Examiners examination.

Course Standards

1Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (6105) may substitute for the Level 4 offering in all programs of study.