FCCLA can help with #adulting skills!



a new urban dictionary term is what FACS education and FCCLA is all about. The top definition of “adulting” on Urban Dictionary is: Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.

“We often use #adulting when doing the things that make us realize being an “adult” isn’t fun and we want to go back to the way things were when mommy and daddy took such good care of us– when they paid the bills, bought us food and called to make our doctor’s appointments.”

In the past year, the term “adulting” has increased in usage by 700 percent on Twitter.

These #adulting skills are addressed! Check out FACS Ed classes at high school or FCCLA programs. FCCLA has the programs and resources/ opportunities for youth to learn about topics for #adulting ….

  • Insurance, mortgages, payments= Financial Fitness

  • Healthy eating, eating out vs home cooking, fitness= Student Body

  • Friends, family, interpersonal communications, balancing work and family=Families First

  • Job interviews, resumes, =Career Connections

This video highlights the need for #adulting skills. https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1079636055405186/

Source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/what-is-adulting

Article posted by Mary Palin, July 2016



It is a great time to be a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher!


May 4th-National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day.

Want to explore a career where you WOULD DEFINATELY GET A JOB? There is a great need for FACS teachers and FCCLA Advisers!


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Following the theme, “Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences,” the celebration showcases the value and importance of family and consumer sciences education and its educators. “National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day is one way to pay tribute to the positive impact that family and consumer sciences educators have on individuals, families, and communities every day, while encouraging individuals to pursue a career in FCS education,” In secondary education alone, more than 27,000 family and consumer sciences educators are teaching more than 3 million students personal development and career preparation skills in critical areas, such as nutrition and wellness, healthy food preparation, child and family development, environmental design, consumer decision making, and personal finance.

Calling all Occupational Members! We have a leadership role for you!


Occupational Representative to the State FCCLA Officer Team

Deadline for application: December 20, 201620151013_095629_4

  • Applicants must be current occupational members. (not comprehensive category of membership)
  • Applicants may be from any chapter with occupational members.

As determined by the MN FCCLA Board of Directors, this position is a pilot and is a representative to the State Officer Team. The term is from January 2017 to end of the school year.

The occupational representative (s) would be asked to do these things:

  • Attend the Shadow Day February 1, 2017 in St Paul and represent FCCLA as a member who would shadow a legislator. Be part of the FCCLA members who are shadowing legislators on February 1.
  • Attend the State Conference 2017 and help the State Officer team and advisers to do tasks that are needed such as helping with registration, handing out materials, assisting with medal awards sessions, and helping to introduce speakers, doing tasks such as the scavenger hunt table, etc.CK9Z9arUYAA97Qj

The Representatives to the State Executive Council will be selected from applications and informed about this selection in January 2017.

A training session would be organized with the Executive Director after January to prepare for some of the tasks.




Wow!- was it ever exciting to see Minnesota FCCLA members on the National Conference stage getting an award and a check for their chapter!

In July 2015 we saw Litchfield Middle accept an award for National FCCLA Chapter Award for Families First Award with a project called “A Little Can Do a Lot”.





We also saw Goodhue Jr/ Sr win a Sr High Runner Up National Award for a Stop the Violence Project called “Kindness Campaign”.





FCCLA offers a multitude of opportunities for members. One of these is taking part in a national program and applying for an award. There are many different national programs that have awards that you may apply for. In fact 8 national programs have awards linked with them.

The process of applying for a national program award starts with your chapter completing a project that would fall within a specific national program. This project must be completed between March 1st and the following March 1st. Makcareercone sure that your project is unique so it will stand out from the others. Many chapters apply for these awards so you want to be sure that yours will get noticed.

The national programs that have an award are: Career Connections, FACTS, Families First, Financial Fitness,Leadership Service in Action, Power of One, STOP the Violence, and Student Body. Each progrLeadership_Service_in_Action (1)
am has its own requirements. The requirements may be found on the national website, www.fcclainc.org, under the national programs tab.

Once you have completed your project and you have decided to apply for a national program award, your next step factswill be to go onto the national website and click on the link that says Programs and then click on the next tab that says Awards. You will select the option that says Program award Applications. On this page, you will find a step-by-step list of how to apply for the national program award. It is very easy to follow and it also has a section of frequently asked questions to help you out along the way.

As stated earlier your project must be started and completed between March 1st and March 1st of the following year. The deadline to submit your chapter’s application to national headquarters is March 1st at 5:00 PM eastern time. The earlier you get your application in the better!

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Taking part istopn a national program is a great way to keep your chapter involved and also it could possibly get your chapter recognized on stage at national conference in July and also receive some money. It is a great opportunity and I hope that each and every one of you make it a goal to apply for at least one national program award this year!


Written by Courtney Heppler- State President

The Future’s So Bright! You Got to Wear Shades! Two new opportunities coming


Opportunity ahead signThese two opportunities are: Career Day and New Advisers Training!

New Advisers and those wishing to learn more…- We want you to come and learn together with a group of Advisers. Best practice advisers, state officers and staff will help you get a good grip on being an outstanding FCCLA Adviser!

Learn about the STAR Events, National Programs, How to manage a vibrant chapter! What can you do as classroom activities? How can you manage? Advisers training for new advisers or those wishing to learn more!

Download : FCCLA Cohort Application 2015

Adviser Training 

January 9, 2016 Doubletree Bloomington Hotel

Cost $15.00

Applications due Nov 28, 2015

See more information on the Advisers page.

Did you know there were 104 new restaurants opened recently in the twin cities? Where do the workers come from? What is the job forecast for culinary and hospitality careers?
It’s exploding! So come and learn more about possibilities for your careers in these fields.

Download: Career Day flyer


Career Day 2015 Dec 11

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Learn more about careers in hospitality and foods careers.

Applications due Dec 1 Limited space. First come, first serve…

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers- in demand! FACS education= a very wide open career field!


Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers- in demand! FACS education= a very wide open career field!

FACS education is a very transferable career area with the skills, knowledge for many careers in managing personal life and family, a wide variety of content areas and the ability to be creative, use critical thinking and skills for life. According to one Minnesota college program, there are 64 FACS positions open currently in Minnesota and only about 4 FACS graduates this year.

A recent all day Summit at AAFCS American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Education focused on the shortage of FACS teachers in the nation. Teachers, State FACS supervisors, FCCLA Directors, College Professors, Extension service professionals and National Professional organizations all gathered in Jacksonville, Florida for the “Summit for Filling the FACS Pipeline” with more FACS teachers.

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SAY “Yes to FACS” is a campaign to peek the interest of secondary students to choose FACS teaching as a career or post secondary students to switch their majors and start a career in a field that is interesting and seeking potential hires.


Some of the strategies include

  • Conducting research on the number of schools seeking a FACS teacher.
  • More marketing for FACS education as a career choice to high school and middle school students
  • Career spotlight for high school counselors.
  • Increased publicity of the variety of FACS related careers which include: early childhood, interior design, social work, human services, culinary, dietetics, FCCLA Adviser, FACs classroom teacher.

MN FCCLA members can study about being a FACS teacher with the Teach and Train STAR Event, Do an Advocacy STAR Event to do a campaign about FACS education, or learn more in Career Connections National FCCLA program.

Download this video about becoming a FACS teacher:


FACS education= a very wide open career field! Want a job when you graduate? Try FACS education!


Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions?


5 New Year’s Resolutions for Teens.



FCCLA can help you with these resolutions through Student Body, Families First, STOP the Violence, Leadership Service in Action, STAR Events and through teamwork at the chapter or officer levels.


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1. Volunteer

Ideas: Food bank, animal shelter, nursing home, recycling drives, political campaign, day care center.
You will learn, meet new people and do “good”.


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2. Get Healthy

Ideas: Eat well, do something active each day, snack smartly, get a good night’s sleep, don’t drive distracted, increase your reflection tibrain foodme and spiritual faith.

Focus on you!

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Ideas: Expand who you hang out with, include new people in your daily routine, befriend a younger person, and smile more.

A friendly person will draw people to be near them by their “positive vibes”.

4. Show love to your family

Ideas: Be kind to siblings, learn about your grandparents, start an extended family newsletter, offer to do more chores, speak respectfully to parents, do random acts of kindness.

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5. Choose to be positive

Ideas: avoid gossip, rumors, violence, unhealthy substances,
Be smart about your personal life, focus on your strengths.
Choose appropriate role models.


FCCLA can help you with these resolutions through Student Body, Families First, STOP the Violence, Leadership Service in Action, STAR Events and through teamwork at the chapter or officer levels.




We are facing the future with data-informed leadership.

The Board of Directors met recently and discussed future calendars, strategic planning and making decisions based on data. What programs work? What is successful? What changes are needed? These are often the discussions with the Board of Directors. What has our data told us?SAM_3577

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Graduation –FCCLA helps youth achieve their “Hopes”.


It is a season of celebrations of seniors graduating from high school and college students finishing a year of courses. A phrase in FCCLA’s creed comes to mind…. “ We face the future with warm courage and high hope!”  Members often say this phrase with added volume and enthusiasm during FCCLA Opening and Closing Ceremonies. It makes one smile because we realize that “courage and hope” are important for many reasons.graduate

Hope is defined as -a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. [Read more…]

Julia Roberts- What she said about a career she would like to do.


Julia Roberts- What career would she like to do? Why did Julia Roberts say she would like to be a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher?  

Download article about Julia here: Julia_FACsteacherJulia-Roberts-9460157-1-402

What do family and consumer sciences teachers do?  They make a difference teaching life lessons and interesting topics. They teach content that solves practical perennial problems. FACS teachers teach about obesity prevention, balancing work and family-workforce development,  personal financial literacy, parenting education and meeting human needs. FACS content is about relevance and uses critical thinking skills.

Roberts is passionate about improving the quality of life for others. Her work for UNICEF and other charities reveals her dedication to meaningful education. And that’s what Family and Consumer Science (FACS) is all about. It’s the one secondary school subject that is focused on gaining essential knowledge and skills in the fields of nutrition, child development, home finances, and other areas that directly affect an individual’s and a family’s quality of life.
Roberts understands the importance of family. She’s a dedicated mother of three and focuses much of her charitable work on improving the lives of families. Families are the cornerstone of every society, yet only FACS classrooms directly deal with the issues crucial to developing and maintaining healthy families. Can you imagine a thriving household in which no one knew about nutrition, caring for young children, or managing money? Can you think of an academic area besides FACS where these things are directly taught?Oscar trophy
Roberts strives for excellence. She didn’t win an Academy Award or become one of America’s highest-paid actresses by sitting on the sidelines. The best teachers challenge themselves and their students to achieve excellence, and FACS teachers are no exception. A FACS teacher sets the bar high and teaches towards students’ biggest test: life. FACS students learn about the latest research in child psychology, MyPlate nutrition, Farm to Fork food preparation, career education, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and other life lessons.

Why Family and Consumer Sciences Education?

Numerous articles, editorials and radio discussions have been asking “Where is Home Economics?” individuals leading the discussion have ranged from medical doctors, cardiologists, entrepreneurs, dietitians, and financial planners. The motivation for such a request comes from the evidence that our society is faced with many perennial issues that negatively impact individuals, families and communities. Each issue (obesity, financial literacy, career preparation, work-life balance, to name a few) can be addressed through family and sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and Consumer sciences education is vital through family and consumer sciences education curriculum and courses. Family and consumer sciences education is vital to the improvement of the quality of life. Family and consumer sciences curriculum brings to life academic disciples such as sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and connects students to real world applications of such content.

Hospitality, tourism and travel industries are growing in many states across the national resulting in an increased demand for managers of hotels, restaurant and spas. Food manufacturing companies seek FACS graduates to work in product development, consumer affairs, public policy, strategic planning, marketing and research. Counselors are needed to work with individuals faced with alcohol/ drug abuse and in family crisis careers. The beginning of coursework includes learning about family, child development and that is FACS courses.