Leann Bennett, FACS Resource Specialist

1915 S. Floral Ave.
Bartow FL 33830

General Information

The mission of Family and Consumer Sciences is to strengthen families and empower individuals to take action for the well-being of self and others in the home, workplace, community and the world.

Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students for jobs in related occupations and equips them with lifelong learning skills as family members. The programs of instruction include exploration of careers, employability skills, consumer education and resource management, nutrition and wellness, family living, child development, parenting skills, fashion design and clothing construction, life management skills, and home management and technology.

Training for gainful employment opportunities begins with entry level through technical level, to managerial and professional levels. Wage-earning programs are Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts and Fashion Design and Production.

More information about Family and Consumer Sciences Academies can be found at

Programs of Study for Family and Consumer Sciences programs can be found here:

Family and Consumer Sciences School Based Enterprises

Family and Consumer Sciences programs across the county provide serves both to their school and to the community. Please follow the links in the charts below to find out more.

Early Childhood Education

Students in the Early Childhood Education Programs receive training in the state-mandated early childhood modules necessary for employment in child care facilities and can receive the Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC) upon completion of the four year program. Students also have opportunity to receive articulate credits to Polk Community College in Early Childhood Education.

Early Chilhood Education Programs are offered at the following schools:

School Academy
Auburndale High School  
Haines City High School Academy of Children’s and Education Studies (ACES)
Kathleen High School  
Lake Gibson High School  
Lake Region High School TLC Academy
Ridge Community High School  
Winter Haven High School  

Culinary Arts

All high school Culinary Arts programs use the ProStart curriculum in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Education Foundation and are supported by the Polk County Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Upon completion of the ProStart curriculum and the certification examination, students receive a nationally recognized ProStart Certificate. Students may then enter the School Nutrition/hospitality industry, the work force, or continue their education at an institute of higher learning.

Culinary Programs are offered at the following schools:

School Academy
Auburndale High School  
Bartow High School Bartow Culinary Academy
Fort Meade M/Sr. High  
Frostproof M/Sr. High School  
George Jenkins High School Academy of Culinary Arts
Kathleen High School  
Lake Gibson High School Lake Gibson Academy of Culinary Arts
Lake Region High School Culinary Team
Lakeland High School  
Mulberry High School Mulberry Academy of Culinary Arts
Ridge Career Center  
Ridge Community High School  
Tenoroc High School  
Traviss Career Center  
Winter Haven High School Academy of Café Bleu

Fashion Design

The Desing Services Cluster is designed to prepare students for initial employment or continued education in Interior/Design Decorating Industry or the Fashion Industry. Polk programs forcus on Fashion Design and include the planning, management, finance, and technical and production skills of the fashion industry.

School Academy
Frostproof M/Sr. High School  
Lakeland High School Style!
Winter Haven High School Studio 21

Middle School Programs

Polk County Family and Consumer Science Middle School programs include the following courses: Career Discovery, Life Choices, Teen Challenges and Personal Development. Three new courses are being developed to lead to the high school wage earning programs.

Middle School programs are offered at the following schools:

School Pre-Academy
Boone Middle School  
Denison Middle School Pathways to Success Pre-Academy
Kathleen Middle School  
Lake Alfred Addair Middle  
Lake Gibson Middle School SHARK Pre-Academy
Lakeland Highlands Middle PALMS Pre-Academy
Stambaugh Middle School Stambaugh Middle Pre-Academy

Student Organizations

Family Career and Community Leaders is the Career Student Organziation associated with Family and Consumer Sciences programs.


To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.


  1. to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
  2. to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
  3. to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
  4. to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
  5. to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
  6. to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
  7. to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society
  8. to promote Family and Consumer Sciences and related occupations

More information can be obtained at the following websites:

You can also Contact your schools Family and Consumer Sciences teachers for more information.