10 Ways FCCLA Helps Prepare you for a Bright Future!


To Leadership and Beyond- Heading for a bright future!

  1. You’ll learn more about yourself.

Joining FCCLA presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. You can find out what you’re good at, whether that’s multitasking, staying organized, public speaking, teaching, generating ideas, or serving others. This self-awareness will definitely be beneficial in your future career.

  1. You’ll develop “people skills”.

“People skills” — they’re the skills that allow us to effectively interact with others, like communication, attitude, and work ethic. Participating in FCCLA not only teaches you these skills, but also helps you broaden and improve those you already have. You’ll learn the best way to communicate with both individuals and large groups, and you’ll gain emotional intelligence as you develop new relationships.

  1. You’ll learn how to work with a team.

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in FCCLA teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to listen to the opinions of others, work out differences, and make decisions together.

  1. You’ll gain practical experience in a safe environment.

Participating in FCCLA will give you practical experience that’s helpful within any field. And what’s great about being a member is that while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, fundraising, and critical thinking, you get to test them out in a safe environment where making mistakes is OK. Everyone is there to support you, so there’s no fear in messing up or being wrong.

  1. You’ll be able to use the skills you’ve learned

Being part of FCCLA allows you to put all of those things you’ve been learning to the test in real-life situations. You’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll be able to take that knowledge back to your chapter, your region, the classroom, and then, of course, along with you in a future career.

  1. You’ll learn how to engage with diverse groups of people.

FCCLA has members from all over the state and nation! Some people might have a similar story to yours, while others will have very different life experiences and ideas. You’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world. Learning how to listen and understand varying perspectives will help you develop your skills in leading others and implementing ideas.  

  1. You’ll gain leadership skills.

Becoming a leader within FCCLA will help you develop leadership skills that will be invaluable in all areas of life. You’ll be presented with opportunities to improve in public speaking, sharing your ideas with others, leading programs and events, all while gaining confidence in your abilities.

  1. You’ll expand your resume.

There’s no arguing that FCCLA will look good on a college application and résumé. Showing colleges and employers that you participated in, or (better yet) lead, a student organization, they’ll know that you’re hard working and can handle multiple responsibilities.

  1. You’ll be able to give back to the community.

FCCLA provides opportunities to give back to the community, whether through acts of service, implementing programs, sponsoring events, or hosting charity drives. Not only is this great for your community, but we hope it will have a lasting impact that encourages you to continue to invest no matter where you are!

  1. You’ll have fun!

Another simple reason to join FCCLA is to have fun! Meeting new people, making new friends, and participating in activities will help you make the most of this season in your life!

Top in the nation


Minnesota FCCLA members: 35 Gold, 50 Silver and 20 Bronze medals in National FCCLA competitions in Nashville, Tennessee.

The following 21 students placed in the top 10 in the nation in their event categories. Two were the best in the nation!

Over 7600 attended the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee July 2-7.

Placing top  in the nation were:

#1 Career Investigation- Spring Lake Park HS

#1 Entrepreneurship- Minnesota HS

 Placing the top 5 in the nation were:

# 3 Environmental Ambassador Jr-Wheaton HS

#4 Chapter in Review Sr- Kasson-Mantorville HS

#4 Digital Stories for Change-Pine Island Sr

#4 Focus on Children Senior-Cambridge-Isanti HS

#4 Life Event Planning Sr- Wheaton

#4 Natl Programs in Action Jr-Wheaton

#5 Job Interview Sr- Lanesboro

Placing in the top 10 were:

#6 Sports Nutrition Jr-Kasson- Mantorville

#7 Chapter in Review Display-Jr- Wheaton

#8 Chapter in Review Portfolio-Jr- Herman Norcross

#8 Leadership Sr- Goodhue

#8 Promote and Publicize Sr- Pine Island Sr

#9 Teach and Train Jr-Osakis

Congratulations to these students and chapters on their accomplishments!

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are assessments that recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Competitive events provide opportunities to showcase college and career-ready knowledge, skills and abilities; promote FCCLA chapter as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education program and connect members with peers and the community.

Successes at National FCCLA


Leadership, learning and lots of new experiences in food, music and sightseeing were on the agenda for the 188 Minnesota delegates at Nashville, Tennessee.

We are proud of the Minnesota award for the largest increase in membership in the central region.


Several chapters were honored for their National awards in program areas.


We had 35 gold medals, 50 silver and 20 bronze medals in STAR Events.

Two advisers attended the National FCCLA Adviser Academy.

The conference offered many opportunities for leadership development, career exploration and socializing with students from around the nation.

Lois Hagel Memorial Scholarships for NLC were given to, Melanie Knealing from Kenyon

Wanamingo HS, Frannie Bakken from Wadena Deer Creek,  Dakeri Howell from Kenyon- Wanamingo ,Mya Christensen from RTR .









Scenes from the National Conference 2017 in Nashville.

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!


FACS teachers are the best! Great classroom teachers, interesting content, nurturing students in ife and

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.






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.


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





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



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.
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
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.

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