The FCCLA Career Connection national peer education program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects to discover their strengths and practice career-ready skills. Through their projects, members experience career preparation and improve their critical and creative thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and real-world skills.
Youth leaders learn more about themselves, the workplace, and careers so that they can put themselves on the pathway to future success.
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 has been updated to include new education trends and current topics and to crosswalk each unit with Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) standards. The updated program also includes dynamic, interactive, and engaging classroom lesson plans and activities. The program guide is available for purchase on the FCCLA e-store.
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, promotable 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
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.
Learn how to apply here!
Congratulations 2019 Career Connection Award Winners!
High School Winner
McCracken County High School FCCLA, Kentucky
Project Title: “MCHS CTE Roundtable" Middle School Winner
Carl Sandburg Middle School, Virginia
Project Title: “CSMS FCCLA Cooking Channel" Runner-Up Winner
Louisa County Middle School, Virginia
Project Title: “Workplace Ready = Career Ready"
Need help brainstorming project ideas?
- Explore STAR & Skill Demonstration Events—nearly all of them can be related to the Career Connection Program.
- Think it through with the FCCLA Planning Process Template
- FCCLA Career Connection Info Sheet
- Teen Times
- Downloadable copies of all Teen Times and Teaching with Teen Times available for affiliated chapters on the FCCLA Portal
- Adviser submitted lesson plans and activities
- “How to Dress for Success” seminars offered by Men’s Wearhouse