Exploring Life and Career is an introductory, comprehensive text of short, easy-to-follow sections that are designed to help young teens learn about themselves and develop personal success skills. Included are topics such as interactions with others, food and clothing, and career options. Age-appropriate social issues, particularly those involved with technology and sustainability, are addressed. All 16 career clusters are summarized with other work-related content.
Special features relate content to academic skills, financial literacy, health and safety, the environment, or community involvement.
Hands-on FCCLA projects, which can be expanded for competitive events, are found in every chapter.
An appendix on self-care describes situations students may face when left without adult supervision, providing an outlet for discussion and guidance.
Martha Dunn-Strohecker, Ph.D. - professional background includes secondary and higher education teaching, public management practice, and community service in nonprofit and religious organizations. Martha's extensive career combines family and consumer sciences, community nutrition, and public service focused on helping individuals and families use their resources more effectively and efficiently.
Martha presently serves as a consultant in management and diversity training. Among her numerous honors, she received Ohio State University's highest award, the Centennial Award, and also Ohio State's Outstanding Leadership Recognition for services to families. Further, she has been listed in Who's Who of American Women, and received volunteer service awards from Goodwill Industries and the American Red Cross. Martha is presently a faculty member in Gerontology at North Shore Community College where she developed the first online course in gerontology. She also does freelance writing, consulting work in management, and diversity training.
Deborah Tippett, Ph.D. - background includes 12 years as a family and consumer sciences teacher at the middle school level and as a teacher educator at both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Meredith College. She is currently a professor and Department Head of the Human Environmental Sciences Department at Meredith College. She has published research and presented workshops and courses on middle school family and consumer sciences.
Dr. Tippett served as a national officer of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association, the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and the U.S./International Federation of Home Economics. She has won such awards as honorary membership on North Carolina's FCCLA, the Professional of the Year of the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service at Meredith College, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Meredith College. As a public school teacher, she was recognized as the local, county, and regional teacher of the year. She is listed in Who's Who in Education and Who's Who of American Women.