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.

NATIONAL WINNER IS FROM MINNESOTA!

NATIONAL WINNER IS FROM MINNESOTA!

LITCHFIELD FCCLA WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR AMERICAN CLEANING INSTITUTE TOP PRIZE

  • PROJECT TO IMPROVE HANDWASHING
  • REDUCE ABSENTEEISM AT SCHOOL DUE TO SICKNESSES
  •  HELP THE COMMUNITY STAY HEALTHY

Announcing: The results of the 2017 Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP National Awards Program with you. Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP is a hands-on initiative from the American Cleaning Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designed to help keep students in school and learning by promoting clean hands. Since 2003, schools have received recognition for their handwashing projects.

Top Recipient Award:
Congratulations go to Litchfield HS FCCLA from Litchfield, Minnesota who earned the national award for their Healthy Holidays campaign. During Halloween, the team created a Germ City and taught correct handwashing procedures using SSSRD as our mnemonic (Soap, Scrub, Sing, Rinse, and Dry). The team conducted a bread experiment for second graders for Thanksgiving and videos for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations!

Check out the FCCLA Student Body National Program

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Student Body was a  National Program that was revised this year.

Four new units make up this National Program,

  • the Healthy You,

  • the Fit You,

  • the Real You,

  • and the Resilient You.stubod-2-new

Here’s a little information dealing with the Healthy You unit. Proper nutrition helps teens maintain a healthy weight and prevent illnesses. The intent of this unit is to teach students about the importance of fueling their bodies with nutritious foods. Developing healthier eating habits at a younger age will lead students to live a better life and create healthy eating habits to last a life time. MyPlate is used as a reference for what student should eat on a daily basis. If you would like to learn more visit ChooseMyPlate.gov. This unity is also designed to show students the risks of sleep deprivation and harmful substances. A Healthy You is a great resource to help students with their nutrition and well being.SAM_4062

 

Say Yes to Leadership

Say Yes to Leadership

As FCCLA members, we are presented with numerous opportunities to be a leader. Being a leader may not be as daunting as it sounds, leadership roles can come in various forms:img_8558

  • Being a captain of a sports team
  • Doing community service
  • Becoming a FCCLA officer in your state, area, or chapterSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Leadership is a valuable skill that is used throughout your entire life and developing your leadership skills during your high school career will only make you more prepared when presented with leadership roles later on in life.  You may gain many leadership opportunities through FCCLA by participating in:

National Leadership Conference: Attending the NLC will allow you to gain leadership experience while meeting new people and exploring new places.

STAR Events: Doing a STAR Event will allow you to focus on an area of your interest while gaining many valuable life skills.goodhue-at-san-diego

State Conference: At State Conference, you can meet many people from your state and attend inspiring sessions with rewarding speakers.

By Taya Lindquist, Minnesota Vice President of Resource and Development

STAR EVENT EVALUATORS NEEDED

CAN YOU HELP?

WE NEED  PERSONS FROM VARIOUS CAREERS AND FCCLA ALUMNI, AND THOSE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT FCCLA TO EVALUATE THE STATE LEVEL OF STAR EVENTS.

APRIL 14 and 15 in Bloomington, MN.

Please respond to this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xbiyEPtQItiNGa7Z7zbeuEbCx1IhcpQUBx3foRoILaA/viewform?usp=send_form

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Help our student members get feedback on their projects, future career plans and skills for success.

 

What I have learned in FCCLA so far? …Well the list is long, to be honest.

CONFIDENCE!

Believe it or not, this organization showed up out of the blue and changed the way I lived my life completely. State FCCLA staff, Wendy and Shelly brought FCCLA to my Early Childhood and Elementary Careers class and rocked my world a little over a year ago in some unexpected ways.IMG_6062

For one, I’m definitely no longer shy anymore. It is such an incredible feeling to not want to hide behind a rock every time I have to stand in front of an audience or talk to people I do not know. It was something I could not even imagine last fall! This has helped me immensely. Without this new confidence, I would not be able to do my job. I work in a coffee shop, which means interacting with people on a daily basis! Thank you to FCCLA for teaching me to be confident.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS!SAM_4928
Speaking of communicating, I can now send emails! Before, to me emails were for professionals and people born in earlier generations than I. Why not just text? Well, now I understand why and how to write an email that was obviously not written by a teenage girl. I have emailed some Minnesota representatives’ assistants to get meetings with them while we were in Washington, D.C. this past July. I have been emailing people to invite them to take part in the career fair at the state conference! I have also been able to email my professors without any problem. It has been a very useful skill to have, and it will only continue to gain value as I get older. Emailing is only one example of my newfound communication skills. Thank you FCCLA for teaching me to be able to communicate with people in ways I was unable to before.IMG_6754
LEADERSHIP!
The last major skill I have learned and probably the most important is leadership. This probably seems cliché to you, however I am completely serious. It goes along with the communicating and being confident, as well as knowing how to handle myself in public and being a role model as much as I can be. Being a leader means holding yourself together, even when things (and occasionally people) around you may be crumbling to pieces. When you are a leader, people look up to you and look to you to lead them, so be a leader and lead them. This has proven to be helpful more and more every day. It comes in handy at school, at work, and in many other settings as well. Thank you to FCCLA for giving me the gift of leadership and teaching me how to use it.

Odds are, if you are reading this, you are in FCCLA as well and may have learned similar things or at least be in the process of learning these things. My only regret when it comes to FCCLA is FCCLA and I not crossing paths earlier. FCCLA would not be FCCLA without the incredible people involved in it, and a major part of me being able to learn these things are the people who have become a part of my life since joining FCCLA; Wendy Ambrose and Shelly Barrett especially, my advisers Cherry Cramer and Mrs. Anderson, along with all of the state officers, advisers, and members I have met so far.

Written by -Courtney Dinsmore-State OfficerSAM_4974

In memory of Lois Hagel-Retired Director of HERO

Written by Wendy Ambrose

CNN news was airing a show about “Who has influenced your life?”. Reporters were telling who had encouraged them and who had been mentors to them. MN FCCLA lost a special lady this week.

For many years, I worked along side Lois Hagel as she was the Director of MN HERO. In the early years of the we worked together in the Dept of Education building when it was 550 Cedar Street. We worked together at Inver Grove Heights in an elementary school classrooms where all the CTSO Executive Directors worked from. We shared a lot of conferences, national meeting travel plans and worked with students and teachers in FHA (FLA), HEART and HERO and FCCLA. When you work long hours and situations of conference “stress” you come to know another person pretty well. Yellow was her favorite color in flowers.lovely_flowers-t1

Lois was fun to work with, and worked with integrity, optimism, and sincerity. Lois has been remembered by many facebook posts as a gem, a special lady, a true good hearted person, a caring professional, dedicated and “sweet lips”. If you came to her with a problem, she always made you feel you were listened to, even if she could not solve your issue. She had a special way of customer service. She cared about everyone- it did not matter who you were. She cared. Her husband Leroy was a true friend to the organization also as he helped with conferences, offering his carpentry and wood working skills as fixing things, and for me “dog sitting” or whatever was needed.

Lois will be missed and she is a fine example of the “Encourage the Heart” exemplary leadership trait. She was a wonderful example of the family and consumer sciences’ teacher spirit. Her husband Leroy said “Lois’s heart was always in her work and a scholarship in her honor would be a wonderful way to honor her memory.” We honor her memory with a scholarship fund for MN FCCLA students to be used for national conference funding. More details will be available soon for an online donation site for this scholarship and checks can also be sent to MN FCCLA at PO 131386, Roseville, MN 55113.

The Service celebrating Lois’ life will be Jan 28, Thursday at 11:00 am at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, MN. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am.

Link to the service information:

http://www.memorialsolutions.com/sitemaker/memsol_data/2280/1737216/1737216_2280.pdf

 

 

Like food? Want a promising career? Sign up for the Career Day for Hospitality and Culinary Students on Dec 11

LEARN WHERE THE JOBS ARE!

Did you know there were 104 new restaurants 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.20151013_095629_4

 Download the Career Day flyer

Registration form-2015 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES CAREER DAY REGISTRATION

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This day is for students in culinary, advanced foods classes, hospitality. Learn more about careers in hospitality and foods careers. Applications due Dec 1 Limited space. First come, first serve…

About 11 % of the jobs in Minnesota are in travel and tourism.IMG_6405

  • A significant number of “first jobs” are in our industry.  We teach young people how to work outside the home.

  • Most senior managers and owners in hospitality businesses started their careers with entry level jobs in the industry.

  • There are hospitality jobs in every county in the State.

  • Our industry makes up 11% of all jobs, about 5% of the state gross domestic product but we collect about 17% of all sales taxes.  Virtually everything we sell is subject to sales tax.

  • Hospitality jobs are anchored here and cannot be easily moved to other states or countries.

  • Industry growth has been faster than that of the overall economy since 2010.

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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

Download Registration form-2015 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES CAREER DAY REGISTRATION

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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.

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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:

http://www.nasafacs.org/teacher-recruitment-say-yes-to-fcs.html

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