The FCCLA Career Connection program guides youth to link their options and skills for success in families, careers, and communities.
Through individual, cooperative, and competitive activities, members— discover their strengths, target career goals, and initiate a plan for achieving the lifestyle they desire. Career Connection guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects. The projects improve the quality of life in six (6) units. Students focus activities on different aspects of career development. Students can choose a unit, then plan and carry out related projects that strengthen their awareness of skills needed for careers.
Career Connections projects help members find career interests.
Here are a few ways to use this National Program.
- Set up a team of career tutors in your school.
- Assemble and distribute a directory of local employers who hire young people.
- Develop and present interview do’s and don’t skits.
- Assemble a transportation career fair for little children with vehicles and career areas in your school parking lot (police cars, fire trucks, construction vehicles, delivery trucks, home health care cars, etc) and their corresponding career persons.
Career Connection Units:Career Connection Units:
Career Connection guides students to discover their pathway through four essential units:
- My Skills – Students learn about themselves and practice being productive employees as they link their personal interests, skills, and goals to careers.
- My Life – Students learn to manage interconnected roles in careers, families, and communities by exploring choices and skills that help balance these roles.
- My Career – Students gain a better understanding of work and learn how to find and land a job.
- My Path – Students identify steps they can take to reach career and lifestyle goals.
FCCLA offers national recognition to chapters that complete the Career Connection projects. This honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine. Chapters apply online for recognition for their hard work and innovative projects with the National Career Connection Program Award application.
- High School Award — $1,000
- Middle School Award — $1,000
- Runner-Up Award — $500
Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1. The online award system will automatically close March 1, 11:59 p.m. EST.
For more information and instructions about the award application, visit the FCCLA Career Connection National Program page.