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September 16, 2022

Calendar Reminders

September 15: FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Level I - TeamSmarts Quiz Opens

September 22: Ohio FCCLA Fall Leadership Training Registration Deadline

October 4: FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge Registration Opens

October 10-11: Fall Leadership Training

October 11: Ohio FCCLA Monthly Office Hours

October 13: WebXam Teacher Review Workshop

October 13: FCCLA National Fall Conference Registration Deadline

October 18: WebXam Users Workshop

October 19: Teacher/Adviser Success Series

November 4: CTE Teaching Professions Fall Meeting

November 8: WebXam Teacher Review Workshop

November 8: Ohio FCCLA Monthly Office Hours

November 9: Family and Consumer Sciences Fall Meeting

November 11-12: FCCLA National Fall Conference

November 17: CTE Early Childhood Education Fall Meeting

December 9: WebXam Teacher Review Workshop


First High School Fall Signing Day

The application for High School Students is open the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR). Students who wish to participate in Fall Signing Day on October 5, 2022 will commit to their CDA Training Hours this academic year. First High School Fall Signing Day To access the application, students need to log into their OPR profile, go to the applications tab and click on the career compass application. Once complete, they submit the application. The application deadline is September 30, 2022. Approved students will receive a certificate (via pdf) to sign and information about sharing this on social media with a hashtag. Questions can be sent to mtiano@occrra.org.

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

The CTE Assessment and Program Matrix is designed to provide school districts with information needed for designing programs, submitting program approval applications and for EMIS data reporting.

Family and Consumer Sciences programs must administer End of Course tests (WebXam) to students in grades 9-12. These valid and reliable tests are a tool that can be used for continuous improvement of courses offered. Because these courses are not classified as workforce development, the tests are not used in calculating the state technical skill attainment indicator of performance (2S1). However, the test will be utilized in the annual review of FCS programs. FCS test data will be collected in the EMIS Assessment Window.

Approval of new Career-Technical Education pathway program applications or applications for renewal of existing pathway programs is contingent upon complying with Ohio Department of Education Assurances and that evidence of compliance is maintained on file.

Teacher/Adviser Success Series (Workshop #2)

This program is designed to support Family and Consumer Sciences educators and FCCLA Advisers during their 1st through 5th years of teaching. The Ohio Department of Education staff, along with the Ohio Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences and seasoned teachers, will provide teachers in their first years of teaching with information as it relates to the three components of Family and Consumer Sciences Education: Classroom/Lab Instruction, FCCLA, and Experiential Learning within these professional development sessions.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Tolles Career & Technical Center, Student Activity Center

Cost: $25

Tentative Agenda and Registration Deadline: October 5, 2022

Ohio Beef Council Classroom Resources 

Thanks to Ohio's cattle farmers, a Beef in the Classroom grant program was designed for Family and Consumer Science teachers or ProStart instructors. If you and your students will be preparing beef products, this program could provide financial support for your lesson.

For more information.

New: Baking and Pastry Arts Performance Assessment

In order to earn college credit under the new CTAN developed by ODHE in Baking and Pastry Arts, students must complete a performance assessment. The assessment will ask students to follow a standardized pastry recipe to demonstrate their practical baking skills. In October 2020, instructors produced a checklist to assess students on each phase of the cooking process. In addition, they created a rubric to evaluate the quality of the final product. These materials were validated through a survey sent to all current Baking & Pastry Arts instructors. After piloting the performance assessment, we are field testing the performance assessment on all students enrolled in the course this school year. 

Baking and Pastry Arts CTAG

Ohio Professional Registry Help

Education and Training teachers who need to get students into the Ohio Professional registry, please contact Program Specialist, Mary Jo Kohl to start the process. If you need additional help, please contact Shawnna Morris at smorris@occrra.org who can help with the Career Tech training organization dashboard. If you need help with teacher or student profiles, email support@occrra.org

Career Tech PD Event User Guide

Finances 101

Finances 101 is a free life-sized game that teaches high school students about the financial demands of the real world in Northwest Ohio. This premier Financial Literacy event is sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Credit Union Alliance and Bowling Green State University. The Fall Game is Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Bowling Green State University, Bowen Thompson Student Union. Students learn:

  • About earning a salary and paying bills and taxes
  • What it costs to run a household
  • How earnings impact buying decisions
  • What responsibilities lie ahead in the adult world


These Finances 101 in-person events are held a few times a year in various locations in NW Ohio. For more information.


The Future Of Lodging Summit

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Columbus State Community College

Mitchell Hall

8:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.


Virtual Early Childhood Higher Education Summit

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022

Registration is open for the Ohio's 8th Annual Early Childhood Higher Education Summit! This HYBRID event provides many benefits including sessions offered over a few days, thanks to the event sponsors, the Summit is free for participants and virtual sessions will be recorded so they can be viewed at a later time. The first two days will be virtual and will utilize the Zoom platform. The third day will be in-person at the OCCRRA Office, 2469 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Lunch will be provided free of charge.

We hope you will consider participating and sharing this opportunity with your colleagues. Please register for the summit by Friday, September 23rd.


Fall Leadership Training

  • Registration Deadline September 22
  • Registration Fee: $200.00 per person

This day and half training is designed for students to embrace self-discovery as an essential part of their growth and development through this high impact training. Students will participate in hands-on activities as well as leadership development sessions. Additional information including Leadership Development Sessions and Leadership Activities can be found on the Ohio FCCLA website.

2022-2023 FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge

The FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) from Knowledge Matters gives students an opportunity to compete online for a chance to win up to $1,000! The competition is available to all FCCLA high school members and participation is free. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4. The Virtual Business Challenge is based on the Virtual Business simulations and consists of two tracks: Personal Finance and Fashion. Participants will test their fashion design or financial literacy skills, and may participate in one or both tracks. If your students already have online Virtual Business accounts, they will not have to register for new accounts to participate.

The dates and details for this year’s qualifying rounds are:

  • Round 1: October 18, 2022 - November 11, 2022
  • Round 2: January 31, 2023 - February 24, 2023
  • Final Round: The final round for the FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge event for qualifying teams will take place online in the spring of 2023 

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl is a team competition that challenges students' knowledge in six content areas: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities (to include Family, Career & Community Studies), Technology (to include Fashion & Housing Design), Health & Safety (to include Food Sciences & Nutrition and Early Childhood & Human Development), Environment (to include Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation) and FCCLA Knowledge. All teams must be registered and take the FCCLA TeamSmarts quiz by October 7, 2022. 

Part 1 - Online Test September 15 – October 7, 2022: Any team of five FCCLA members (must be affiliated and register for National Fall Conference)

Part 2 – National Fall Conference November 11-12, 2022: The top 40 teams from the Online Test

The 2022-2023 FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Guidelines are posted on the FCCLA Portal and accessible to members and chapter advisers.

Skill Demonstration Events Guidelines

The 2022-2023 Skill Demonstration Events Guidelines are posted on the FCCLA Portal and accessible to members and chapter advisers. 

Competitive Events Guidelines

The Competitive Events Guidelines will be available to Chapter Advisers by September 30, 2022. 


National FCCLA Headquarters has moved!

13241 Woodland Park Road

Suite 100

Herndon, Virginia 20171

Save The Date

Cleveland Cavs

Socktober is just around the corner!

Your chapter can sign up today to help save lives by selling socks to provide clean water to villages throughout Rwanda.

The Need

People across Rwanda are getting their drinking water from contaminated sources which are causing sickness and often death. Unfortunately, children are the most affected. About every 19 seconds, a mother loses a child due to waterborne illnesses…but we can change that!

The Goal

We need 300 chapters to partner with us to sell 60 packs of socks before the end of 2022. This will provide 75,000 people with access to clean drinking water!


Outstanding Chapter and State Degree Updates

The Ohio FCCLA Outstanding Chapter Award Application and Guidelines and State Degree Handbook are now available on The Ohio FCCLA Website.


2022-2023 Temporary Membership Packages

National FCCLA and the Ohio Association agreed to offer the Temporary Relief Packages again this year. Affiliation opens August 1st with November 1st being a targeted date to have dues paid.

  • Regular Individual Membership: $15 per member and adviser
  • Middle Level (unlimited): state and national dues $670 plus adviser at $15.00
  • Up to 25 Chapter Package (middle school or high school): $545 plus adviser at $15.00
  • Unlimited Package (high school only): $1,291 plus adviser at $15.00
  • All chapters with more than one adviser should affiliate those advisers as secondary advisers for $15.00

New chapters must request a new chapter before proceeding. Any new adviser replacing a former adviser, please contact Cheryl Hamblin for help.

FCCLA State Advisory and Career Development Events Position

Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America ask affiliated advisers to serve in a leadership role to continuously improve Ohio FCCLA programming and Career Development Events. Meetings take place twice a year.


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

Currently, there is one position open for Family and Consumer Sciences. Interested candidates please complete the application by October7.

Ohio FCCLA Office Hour: FCCLA/LifeSmarts

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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