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January 12, 2023

Calendar Reminders

February 3: Leadership Academy Registration Deadline

February 9: WebXam Teacher Review Workshop

February 13-17: FCCLA Week

February 16: FCCLA Day with the Blue Jackets

February 23: FCCLA Day with the CAVS

March 7: WebXam Teacher Review Workshop


ZWILLING’s Culinary Education Partnership Program

Start students off with top quality products so they can do it all in the kitchen with the best tools in the industry. ZWILLING’s customizable Culinary Education Partnership Program offers special members-only content and exclusive products and services, connecting students to our world-class brands, ZWILLING, STAUB, MIYABI, DEMEYERE, BALLARINI, and HENCKELS.


Our program is designed to support our network of current and future chefs and the schools that mold them into the professionals they will become. By partnering with ZWILLING, the culinary education community has access to:

  • Deep discounts on superior products from our stable of world-class brands
  • The ZWILLING Pros program that starts students and alumni out with top quality products at great prices and offers annual rewards for the institutions they attend
  • Access to our Knife Aid professional mail-in knife sharpening service, offered at our special Culinary Educators’ Discount
  • Special products curated specifically for culinary educators and their students
  • Curated campus events

Boasting a tradition of expert German engineering and stainless-steel know-how from our almost 300 years of knife-making, and offering a family of premium brands, the ZWILLING group is truly the modern kitchen specialist. This robust partnership was created to empower students to do it all in the kitchen.

For more information, contact our Culinary School Specialist, Dan Rothstadt.

Ohio Insurance Institute Resources and Awards

A reminder that the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) offers online resources you can use with your students. In addition, you will find information below on resources available from InVEST, Next Gen Personal Finance, and Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.

OII’s Insurance Educator of the Year Award- Nominations Due February 10, 2023. Do you know a teacher doing an outstanding job instructing on insurance/financial literacy topics in the classroom? Then nominate them for OII’s Insurance Educator of the Year award. The teacher and school receive monetary awards so it’s well worth your effort to nominate a teacher – or yourself – for this award.

Nominate a teacher online. The 2022 award winner was Cheyenne Moran from Miami East High School.

Nominations are due by February 10, 2023. Once the nomination deadline has passed, all nominated teachers will receive an email from the OII requesting material submissions to assist in the selection process.

Additional information

Career Compass High School CDA and Spring Signing Day

The Career Compass High School CDA application and Spring Signing Day application are now available. Both are for High School Seniors.

Students will apply for both through their Ohio Professional Registry profile on the applications tab:

  • Current High School CDA Assessment and CDA Attainment (formerly the TEACH application)
  • Current High School Students Spring Signing Day (students will receive honor cords to wear at graduation). Committing to enter the early childhood workforce or planning to attend higher education for an early child degree, following graduation.

Besides applying online, there are a couple of changes to the CDA Assessment application.

  • There is no longer an application fee
  • Students who receive their CDA and upload their official CDA to their OPR profile by June 30, 2023, will receive a $500.00 bonus
  • To be eligible for the $500.00 bonus, students must receive their CDAs using the OCCRRA CDA Assessment and CDA Attainment scholarship rather than having the $425.00 payment provided by their school district.

Please let Marla Tiano know if you have any questions at mtiano@occrra.org.

FCCLA National Programs


FCCLA has Seven IncREDible National Programs that you can use as classroom resources. These peer-to-peer educational programs help students develop real-world skills for life within Family and Consumer Sciences education. Each National Program has been designed to be integrated into course work to help reinforce lessons that provide opportunities for hands-on practice. These programs also give chapters a way to achieve the Ultimate Leadership Experience.


If your chapter completes one or more of FCCLA Seven IncREDible National Programs, chapter members can submit the National Program Award Application by March 1st to possibly earn cash awards at the state and national level along with stage recognition at the state level. 

Seven IncREDible National Programs: 

  • Career Connections
  • Community Service
  • Families First
  • Financial Fitness
  • Stand Up 
  • Student Body

Applications can be found in the FCCLA portal under Program Awards.

Education and Training Course to National Program Alignment

Hospitality and Tourism Course National Program Alignment

New This Year – Project Summary Form

Has your chapter developed a National Program-related project? Tell us about it in the FCCLA Portal. (FCCLA Portal > Program Awards> Project Summary Form) Ohio FCCLA wants to hear about your projects, even if you do not want to complete the form to be submitted for National Program Awards. There are only four questions to answer, and it helps Ohio and National FCCLA know how many chapters are active across the country! This option does not enter your project into the process of being evaluated for a National Program Award monetary prize.

FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy PILOT PROGRAM CONTINUING IN 2022-2023

In partnership with FranklinCovey, FCCLA is continuing a unique pilot program for a limited number of members utilizing an interactive learning management system. FranklinCovey Leader in Me® materials offer self-paced, on demand courses that can be used as leader-led training or as standalone learning options. The Leader in Me® learning platform’s Student Leadership Courses provides members with in-depth training on the life-readiness skills that will benefit them as members and throughout their life. Registration closes February 3, 2023.

FCCLA will require members participating in the Leadership Academy to begin with the Life Readiness course, Leading Your Life, as it takes students through an in-depth look into the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and is the foundation of all the courses. New this Fall, FCCLA is offering the Leadership Readiness course to those members that have completed the Life Readiness Course. The additional courses within the platform will be available at a future date as we continue the Leadership Academy program. To learn more about each of these courses, please visit the website.

Become an Ethics Integration Specialist!

Working with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, MBA Research is looking for ten (10) Career-Technical Education (CTE) teachers from around the U.S. to become advocates for bringing ethics into the classroom. Upon completing in-depth Ethics Integration Specialist training, provided free of charge by MBA Research, participating teachers will be expected to share their knowledge of ethics with other educators in their state via presentations at professional conferences, webinars, local district professional development events, etc. 

What Is the Incentive for Participating in the Ethics Integration Specialist Training?

MBA Research will pay up to a $1,500 stipend to each participating teacher, which will be distributed as follows:

  • $500 for attending and participating in the 2-day training on March 31–April 1, 2023, in its entirety
  • $1,000 upon completing the Roles and Responsibilities of an Ethics Integration Specialist

CTE teachers interested in integrating ethics into current curricula through an ethical leadership course are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is January 13, 2023.

Click here to apply and learn more information about this opportunity.


Ohio Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) Stipend

Ohio FCCLA has received the FACTS Initiative sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety for the fourth year. One hundred chapters will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to help bring their traffic safety project to life. Chapters must focus their project on one of these four areas: speed, distracted driving, impaired driving, and seat belts. Applications are available under the survey application tab, Ohio FACTS Initiative, 2022-2023 Ohio FCCLA FACTS Stipend Application. Please submit your FACTS Project Stipend Application based on application review deadline: February 1, 2023. Details on the Ohio FACTS Stipend can be found here.

For questions or assistance, please contact Kelley Smith, Ohio FACTS Initiative Coordinator.

Gear Up for Personal Achievement and Chapter Awards

As members gear up for winter and spring FCCLA activities, be sure to check out the following personal achievement and chapter awards. Deadlines:

March 1

March 15

March 30

Membership Update

Affiliation Numbers as of January 10: Ohio is just under 1,000 members to receive another voting delegate at the national level.

  • 9,694 Affiliated Members
  • 263 Affiliated Chapter Adviser
  • 258 Affiliated Chapters

FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge: Round Two

Registration for Round Two is NOW OPEN. Round Two will start on January 31, 2023, at 10 a.m. ET and will end on February 24, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET.

The FCCLA Virtual Business Challenges (VBC) Personal Finance and Fashion encourages FCCLA members to test their skills in a simulated environment! This competition is a FREE event for affiliated FCCLA members. The event is a great way to engage members who are not ready for STAR Events but would still like to participate in Competitive Events.

The winning teams of the National Championship Round Challenge will receive travel awards to attend the National Leadership Conference, participate in the Knowledge Matters exhibit, and assist with simulation demonstrations.

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250

Click here to view the Adviser Registration Instructions. 

Safe Rides - Save Lives: PSA Contest

Empowered by FACTS and sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF), FCCLA is proud to offer the Safe Rides—Save Lives PSA Contest! Take on the initiative and display your creativity and advocacy as you encourage your peers to make safe choices on the road. Video submissions for the 2022-2023 academic year are due by March 1, 2023.

Click here to learn more!


Executive Council Candidate

Executive Council Members are equipped with skills for life as members take responsibility in planning and implementing state and regional programming and events. Any affiliated member who is enthusiastic, innovative, futuristic, active, committed and passionate for FCCLA, we have an opportunity for you. Being an Executive Council member is a fantastic opportunity to learn, make new friends, and strengthen your communication, travel, and leadership skills. Elevate your ultimate leadership experience and enhance your leadership skills by running for a Regional or State Executive Council position! Any member going to be in eighth grade, freshman, sophomore or junior can apply for a Regional position. Members who are going to be a freshman, sophomore or junior can apply for a State position. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any Regional or State Executive Council member. You can find their contact information here.

Service Hours Tracking

Service hours are tracked from March 15 of the past year to March 1 of the current year. Members will be awarded a certificate based on hours submitted in the FCCLA Student Portal under My FCCLA Journey – My Service. Members will include Service Date, Event Name, # of Hours, and Details. 

Individual Service Digital Certificates will be available on the Ohio FCCLA Website.

  • Bronze Level (up to 20 service hours)
  • Silver Level (21 to 75 service hours)
  • Gold Level (76 - 100 service hours)
  • Platinum Level (100 plus service hours with on-stage recognition at State Leadership Conference)

The top three chapters and the top three members will be announced at the State Leadership Conference. Members receiving stage recognition, please have them report to their assigned seating 30 minutes prior to the start of the session. Members who choose not to comply with the Ohio FCCLA Dress Code policy, forfeits the opportunity to be recognized on stage.

Say Yes to FCS

There is a huge demand for Family and Consumer Sciences educators in secondary schools, extension, and higher education. Ohio FCCLA has joined the national initiative to build strong leadership for the future of Family and Consumer Sciences. We want to celebrate as you "Say Yes to FCS" at the State Leadership Conference.

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

State Leadership Conference National Anthem

Calling all talented students. Ohio FCCLA is looking for a person(s) to perform the National Anthem at State Leadership Conference. This can be an individual or group and does not have to be a FCCLA member. Any interested parties, please complete this form.


Regional Career Development Events 

Watch upcoming newsletters for access to Regional websites for additional details.

2022-2023 Culinary Chapter Competition Locations

Ohio FCCLA Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Association. The Board receives and acts upon the recommendations of State Staff relative to programming policy and financial matters. Meetings take place at least twice a year.


Adviser candidates:

  • Currently serving as an affiliated chapter adviser
  • Must have served as an affiliated chapter adviser for two years
  • Attend Fall Leadership Training and State Leadership Conference
  • Be an active member of Ohio Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (OATFACS)


The open position begins in the fall of 2023 and is a three-year term:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences: 1 open position

Applications are due February 1, 2023

Ohio FCCLA Honorary Member Award

Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America honors those professionals who give continued support to the state organization. Nominees model the mission statement by promoting personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.


A current or past adviser, state adviser, state administrator, local supervisor, post-secondary educator, alumni and business/industry partners.


  1. Involved in local, regional and state FCCLA events and projects
  2. Holds leadership positions in the organization
  3. Promotes Ohio FCCLA at the local, district, regional and state level
  4. Contributes to the achievement of Ohio FCCLA's mission and purposes

The recipient will be notified prior to the State Leadership Conference.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Spirit of Advising Award

Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Spirit of Advising Award recognizes one adviser who consistently demonstrates excellence in modeling FCCLA character and integrity to ensure the success of their students within the classroom and their career. The dedication and support of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, youth leadership and the FCCLA organization allows FCCLA to be the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Spirit of Advising Award Qualifications:

  1. Educates the community on the importance of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  2. Demonstrates the value of involvement in FCCLA organization
  3. Supports FCCLA members in developing skills necessary for success
  4. Builds strong CTE and FCCLA programming through effective instruction, membership recruitment and retention
  5. Maintains a strong FCCLA chapter participation at the regional, state, and national levels
  6. Actively participates in professional development and professional organizations

The recipient will be notified prior to the State Leadership Conference.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023


Teaching Positions

Bedford City Schools

Staff Contact Information:

Alyssa BregelAssistant Director

Cheryl Hamblin, Administrative Professional

Christie Jackson, Education Program Specialist

Mary Jo Kohl, Education Program Specialist


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