Career Connection

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 National Program Guide (Flash Drive):

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Goodheart-Willcox Publishers, FCCLA is thrilled to announce that the Career Connection National Program will be updated to include new education trends and current topics and to crosswalk each unit with Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) standards. The updated program will also include dynamic, interactive, and engaging classroom lesson plans and activities. The flash drive holding these updated resources will be introduced for the first time at the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta and will be available for purchase online at the FCCLA e-store before the 2018-2019 school year.


Career Connection Units:

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.

  • PLUG IN to Careers - Understand work and the Career Connection Program
  • SIGN ON to the Career Connection - Link personal interests, skills, and goals to career clusters
  • PROGRAM Career Steps - Prepare with education, leadership, and work experience
  • LINK UP to Jobs - Learn to find and land a job
  • ACCESS SKILLS for Career Success- Practice being productive on the job and promotable
  • INTEGRATE Work and Life - Manage interconnected roles in families, careers, and communities.


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

Deadline: Applications must be submitted online to FCCLA national headquarters by March 1.The online award system will automatically close March 1, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Career Connection National Program Award Application Instructions



Congratulations 2018 Career Connection Award Winners!


High School Winner
Caney High School, Oklahoma
Project Title: “Catch a Career You Will Get Hooked On!”
Middle School Winner
Warner Robins Middle School, Georgia
Project Title: “Apply It!”
Runner-Up Winner
Wabaunsee High School
Project Title: “Wabaunsee High School Interview Day”

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