Ohio Family and Consumer Sciences Newsletter

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January 26, 2024

Calendar Reminders

February 1, 2024: What's Happening Wednesday

February 1, 2024: Online STAR Events Deadline

February 12-16, 2024: FCCLA Week

February 24, 2024: Culinary Career Development Events - Columbus State Community College

February 24, 2024: Culinary Career Development Events - Cuyahoga Community College

March 2, 2024: Culinary Career Development Events - Cuyahoga Community College

March 2, 2024: Region 1 Career Development Events - Penta Career Center 

March 9, 2024: Region 2 Career Development Events - Coshocton County Career Center

March 16, 2024: Region 3 Career Development Events - Mid-East Career and Technology Centers

March 16, 2024: Region 4 Career Development Events - Butler Tech D. Russell Lee 

April 20, 2024: State Culinary Career Development Events - Columbus State Community College

April 25-26, 2024: Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference - Ohio Expo Center, Kasich Hall


What's Happening Wednesday

This webinar is to support Family and Consumer Sciences, Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism Educators, and FCCLA Advisers. 

  • February 1, 2024 Registration (Date Changed) Special Guest: OCCRA will be providing information about Spring ECE Signing Day and a scholarship opportunity! 
  • February 28, 2024 
  • March 27, 2024 
  • April 17, 2024 
  • May 22, 2024

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Pre-Registration is required 

WebXam Teacher Reviews 

The purpose of the WebXam review workshops is to allow Career-Technical Education instructors a formal opportunity to review and comment on WebXam operational test forms. The workshop reviews should also be viewed as a tool the instructors can use to drive future instruction. The review workshops will be held onsite at CETE or, as a second option, hosted offsite at a local district through special arrangements. Individuals participating in the reviews will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement that includes policy stating that sharing of any information attained during the review is strictly prohibited. The cost per teacher is $50.  

  • January 31, 2024  
  • February 20, 2024  
  • March 11, 2024  
  • March 29, 2024 

WebXam Pretesting Window is Open 

Pretests will be available in WebXam for the winter pretesting window. Pretests are given before students receive instruction and should only be administered once. The use of pretest scores, when paired with posttest scores during the Teacher Effectiveness window, will generate an additional Teacher Effectiveness score that is mapped to student gain. The window will close February 2, 2024. The WebXam testing window will remain open for all available practice tests, posttests, and field tests. 

WebXam Calendar 

Beef in the Classroom Grant Program 

Thanks to Ohio's cattle farmers, a Beef in the Classroom grant program was designed for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers. The purpose is to provide financial support for the use of beef products in these classes. This program will help educators reinforce lessons about lean beef selection, storage, preparation, nutrition and food safety.

Ohio FCCLA Membership Update

Affiliation Numbers as of January 22, 2024  

  • 9,976 Affiliated Members 
  • 238 Affiliated Chapter Advisers
  • 246 Affiliated Chapters 

Reminder to advisers with semester courses who signed up for the Unlimited Members Package: Please enter your second semester students before March 15, 2024 when we close Go For the Red - Ohio.

2024-2025 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, 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! 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


For more information in regards to the Executive Council Candidate application and guidelines, please visit the Ohio FCCLA Website.


Application, letters of recommendation, scanned PDF containing original signatures, and headshot must be emailed by March 27, 2024, at 11:59 p.m., to: ohiofccla@education.ohio.gov

Optional Executive Council Candidate Training

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024

Location: 2550 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, OH 43231, Basement Meeting Room

Time: 10:30 A.M. - 2:00P.M.

Registration: $20 per person, includes lunch

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Ohio FCCLA Year in Review Slideshow

Ohio FCCLA chapters may submit up to 10 pictures to Socialmedia@ohiofccla.org for the Ohio FCCLA Year in Review Slideshow. The deadline to email pictures is Friday, March 29, 2024. 

Ohio FCCLA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Association. The Board receives and acts upon the recommendations of State Staff relative to programming and financial matters.  

Eligibility: 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 

Position: The open position begins in the fall of 2024 and is a three-year term, the open position 

  • Family and Consumer Sciences: 1 position
  • Education and Training: 1 position 


Application Deadline: February 1, 2024 

Ohio FCCLA Endowment Scholarships

The Ohio FCCLA Endowment awards nine $500 scholarships annually to help advance a senior member who plans on pursuing post-secondary options. Please complete the form and submit all needed documents by Friday, March 1, 2024, by 3:00 p.m. 


Candidate Criteria: 

  1. Affiliated FCCLA senior member
  2. 2.5 GPA 


Application Process: For specific details please visit the Ohio FCCLA Website.

A. High School Transcript 

B. 3 letters of recommendation

C. Headshot in FCCLA official dress 

D. Involvement in FCCLA, School and Community

E. Written response to the four essay prompts.


Ohio FCCLA Endowment scholarship interviews will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Eastland Career Center (4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125). Please indicate on the application if you want an in-person interview or virtual interview. 


Application Deadline: March 1, 2024, due at 3:00 p.m. 

2023-2024 FACTS Stipends are still available!

The deadline to apply for the $1,250 stipend is January 31, 2024. Funds are still available to complete your traffic safety project and submit the Program Award Application by March 1, 2024. Additional funds are also being awarded to some chapters incorporating a Rural Teen Road Safety Assessment (RSA) into their traffic safety project, which could add $1,000 for your chapter! This incredible opportunity empowers your students to impact their communities positively and provides vital resources to support your chapter's endeavors. Don't miss out on the chance to drive change on the road and within your community. Secure your spot today!  

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Ohio Department of Traffic Safety FCCLA FACTS Grant and New Ohio Families First Initiative 

National FCCLA is excited to share some fantastic news regarding an initiative supported by the Ohio Department of Traffic Safety FCCLA FACTS grant. Through this grant, we have had the privilege of producing a comprehensive 5-part video series designed specifically for classroom use. This series guides students through the project planning process, providing valuable insights and practical tips to enhance their project management skills.  


Also included is a testimonial video featuring Ohio FCCLA students. In this video, students share their experiences, lessons learned, and the impact of their traffic safety projects. We believe that these testimonials will resonate with your students, showcasing the meaningful outcomes that can be achieved through active participation in FCCLA initiatives. 


To make these resources easily accessible, the video series and testimonial video has been added to your FCCLA Chapter Portal. You will find them under the Resources Tab, labeled: OH FACTS Videos. We encourage you to incorporate these videos into your classroom sessions to enrich the learning experience for your students. We hope these resources will be a valuable addition to your FCCLA program and contribute to the continued success of your chapter.

FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy

Spring 2024 FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy Registration Now Open! FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century. Registration is open in the Student Portal under the E-Store Tab until February 1, 2024.

Virtual Business Challenge

The FCCLA/Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenges (Personal Finance and Fashion) encourage FCCLA members to test their personal finance or fashion management skills! This free competitive event consists of two competition rounds. Round Two will begin on February 5, 2024, at 10 a.m. EST and will end on March 1, 2024, at 5 p.m. EST. Learn More 

National Program Awards

FCCLA offers eight peer-to-peer educational programs to help students develop real-world skills for life within Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education. Each National Program is designed to be integrated into the FCS classroom to help reinforce lessons with 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 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. Applications can be found in the National FCCLA portal under Program Awards. All Ohio FACTS Initiative recipients must complete the FACTS National Program Award Application.

National FCCLA Youth Scholarships

FCCLA, along with FCCLA’s generous partners and sponsors, award over $13,500,000 in scholarships and awards annually. FCCLA members are strongly encouraged to apply for the following youth scholarship opportunities: 

  • National Technical Honor Society Scholarship   
  • Johnson & Wales Scholarship 
  • FCCLA Memorial Scholarship 
  • Hilton Hotels Hospitality Scholarship 
  • Zwilling Culinary Arts Scholarship 


All National FCCLA scholarships can be found in the FCCLA student portal under the Surveys/Applications tab - Scholarships.


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Celebrate National FCCLA Week February 12-16, 2024!  

Mark your calendars now for FCCLA Week, February 12-16, 2024! Prepare for a fun-filled week of celebrating FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences education through participating in chapter activities, engaging in daily social media challenges, and getting involved in each day’s featured theme. 


Monday is "FCCLA Member Monday" 

Launch FCCLA week by showcasing your chapter members and what FCCLA means to you! 

Tuesday is "FCCLA Day of Service" 

Serving your community with leadership skills and a stellar attitude is the foundation of FCCLA. Share who your influences are and how you’ve influenced others through your acts of service. 

Wednesday is "FCS Educator Day" 

Celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator Day by thanking the educators in your life and showing appreciation for everything they taught you and your chapter. 

Thursday is "Alumni Day" 

Share with others how FCCLA (or FHA/HERO) has allowed you to sharpen your skills for your future careers as well as your independent adult life. 

Friday is "FCCLA Spirit Day" 

Get ready to show off your FCCLA spirit! Rock the red and fill your day with red clothing, signs, food, decorations, and more!

2024 Ohio FCCLA Regional Career Development Events

Now Live! The 2024 Regional Career Development Events websites contain information for Competitor Name Changes, CDE Cancellations, Evaluator Sign Up, Host Site, Food, Parking, and CDE Coordinator contact information. 


Culinary Regional Career Development Events Coordinators: (websites coming soon!) 


Career Development Events Coordinators:  

2024 Ohio FCCLA Regional Career Development Events Registration Change 

Please complete this form to substitute a competitor, remove a team member, add a team member, or cancel an entire Career Development Event. The form will reflect name changes two days prior to the competition event. Day of name changes must be reported to the Tally Room the morning of the event.

Career Development Events: Subject Matter Experts 

The Office of Career-Technical Education and Ohio FCCLA State Office have the expectation that advisers will help facilitate Career Development Event competitions in the role of Subject Matter Experts at the regional, state, and national levels. Ohio FCCLA State Staff members are key in identifying qualified evaluators, room consultants, and event volunteers. Because Career Development Events operate on a limited budget, unpaid volunteers are essential. Chapters are responsible for providing one evaluator and/or room consultant for every three event participants. 

Please complete this form to push names of business and industry representatives or local stakeholders as Subject Matter Experts for Culinary Career Development Events.

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. 


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



A candidate should have contributed to the state association in one or more of the following ways: 

1.Helped to promote the goals of FCCLA statewide through:

  • Outstanding and continuing services that contribute to the achievement of FCCLA goals
  • An effective public relations program that has helped promote FCCLA on a state level
  • Outstanding assistance that has helped develop or carry out FCCLA projects on a state level

2.Rendered service to Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA that has implications such as: 

  • Developed materials that promoted the FCCLA organization
  • Developed materials and plans for helping teachers and prospective teachers to make FCCLA an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences on a state and/or national level
  • Recognition on the local, state or national level that has helped gain prestige for or promoted the FCCLA programs
  • Supported Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs involving FCCLA


Application Deadline: March 15, 2024 


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. Their 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: 

  • Believes in the mission of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 
  • Supports and works with students to ensure student success 
  • Provides learning experiences 
  • Encourages positive character development 
  • Dedicates time and energy to nurturing student leaders 
  • Serves as a current FCCLA adviser 


Application Deadline: March 15, 2024 


The winner will be recognized at the 2024 Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference and the 2024 National Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA.

Outstanding Chapter Award

The Ohio FCCLA Outstanding Chapter Award is presented by a team (up to three members) and awarded to chapters who develop and implement a well-balanced program of work that is strategically aligned with state and national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) programming. 


Registration Deadline: March 15, 2024 


Outstanding Chapter Award Guidelines 

Presentation: April 13, 2024, Eastland Career Center

Say Yes to FCS Signing  

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 to "Say Yes to FCS"!  


Registration Deadline: March 15, 2024

State Degree

The State Degree is the highest honor a member can earn. All State Degree criteria can be found on the Ohio FCCLA website.   


Registration Deadline: March 15, 2024 


State Degree Interviews 

Date: April 13, 2024 

Location: Eastland Career Center, 4465 S. Hamilton Rd, Groveport, Ohio 43125 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

2024 State Leadership Conference National Anthem

The Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference is seeking a talented member (or small group) to sign the National Anthem for the Opening Session on Thursday, April 25, 2024. 


Applications must include: 

  • Audio Recording of all of the entire National Anthem sung acapella 
  • Include your name and chapter name at the start of the recording  


Applications must be received by March 15, 2024 and the chosen singer will be informed by March 30, 2024. The selected member (or members) must be registered for the 2024 Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference. 

State Project/State Outreach Project Award Application

Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America offer chapters an opportunity to highlight a chapter project utilizing the selected State Projects/State Outreach Projects. By submitting a State Project/State Outreach Project Award Application, you give your chapter the chance to be recognized on stage at the State leadership Conference and receive a top three plaque. 


Project Criteria: 

  1. Projects must be implemented between March 1 of previous academic year through March 1 of current academic year 
  2. Application must reflect the work of the members 
  3. Photos are required 
  4. All projects become the property of Ohio FCCLA which reserves the right to publish names, pictures and quotes in state materials and social media sites 


All completed award applications will be recognized on stage at State Leadership Conference and the top three chapters will receive plaques. 


Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 

Service Hours 

Service hours are tracked in the FCCLA Student Portal under My FCCLA Journey – My Service. Members will include Service Date, Event Name, Number of Hours, and Details.  


Individual Service Digital Certificates Levels:  

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


The top three chapters and the top three members will be announced at the State Leadership Conference.  

2023-2024 Families First Stipends 

The newly updated Families First Program Guide has been added to your chapter Portal thanks to our generous sponsor - United Services for Effecting Parenting (UESP) - Ohio. This comprehensive guide is a valuable resource for your FCCLA Chapter and FCS classroom, featuring 20 thoughtfully crafted lesson plans, 40 engaging activities (some of which can also serve as lesson plans), and hundreds of resource links to enhance your students' learning experience. We believe that this updated guide will be an invaluable tool for your classroom. As you explore the contents, we hope you find inspiration and practical insights that contribute to the growth and development of your students.  


In conjunction with the distribution of the updated Families First Program Guide, USEP-Ohio is hosting an opportunity exclusively for Ohio FCCLA Chapters. The first 50 chapters that sign up to conduct a Families First project and submit a Families First Program Award Application by March 1, 2024, will receive $500. This initiative aims to support and encourage your efforts in implementing meaningful family-focused projects within your community. The top three chapters, as determined by their project impact and innovation, will earn an additional $500. We hope this generous funding serves as an incentive for your chapter to actively participate in this opportunity. You can sign up for this funding opportunity under the Surveys/Applications Tab in your chapter Portal, then select Ohio Families First Initiative.

Staff Contact Information:

Alyssa BregelAssistant Director

Cheryl Hamblin, Administrative Professional

Christie Jackson, Education Program Specialist


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