Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Pathways | Marion County Schools

Michele Cole-Burnett-(Chair)
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Mrs. LaDeana Gordon
- Food Professional Program 

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ProStart: Food and Beverage Management

Program Description

The ProStart program introduces high school students to a wide variety of careers within the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control, marketing, and an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will build strong culinary, business, management, and workplace skills because of their participation in this program. The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) designed the program’s industry driven curriculum.

 Available Certifications

    National ProStart Certificate of Achievement

Course Sequence

Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 1)

Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 2)

Practical Experience as a Food Service Professional


Ms. Valerie BrennanTeacher Academy of Maryland Program(TAM)

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Program Description
The Teacher Academy of Maryland
(TAM) is a Career and Technology Education (CTE) program of study that seeks to address the persistent teacher shortage challenge by creating a pipeline of teacher candidates. 

High school students start the TAM program of study in tenth grade and complete a four-course sequence that ends in twelfth grade. The courses in the TAM program of study are: Human Growth and Development through Adolescence, Teaching as a Profession, Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Education Academy Internship. The four TAM courses give students early exposure to the teaching profession. TAM students also have the potential to earn three college credits while still in high school provided they attend a higher education institution that awards such credits.

TAM prepares students for further education and careers in the education field such as:

  • Child welfare social worker

  • Childcare services

  • Children's book author

  • College instructor

  • Community organization leader

  • Counselor

  • Education administrator

  • Industry facilitator/trainer

  • Librarian/media specialist

  • Preschool/elementary/secondary teacher/director

  • Recreation leader

  • Researcher

  • Sociologist

  • Teacher's assistant