Family Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference
- Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Friday, March 22, 2019
- Strand Union Building - view map
Montana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a career and technical student organization that helps youth develop leadership and workplace skills to prepare for both college and careers through peer-to-peer education, community engagement, and the application of skills learned in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classroom. The 72nd annual State Leadership Conference is being conducted in partnership with the College of Education, Health and Human Development on the Montana State University Campus March 21-22, 2019. This event will welcome close to 700 attendees from over 55 Montana middle and high schools.
During the opening session, students who are Ultimate Leaders by mobilizing others to get extraordinary things done in their communities were recognized. In addition, participants learned from Jessie Funk during a keynote address titled “Lead Out Loud” encouraging members to develop tools for success and leadership.
During the conference, over 400 members will compete in one of thirty-two individual and team competitive events which connect students to career pathways including Culinary Arts, Job Interview, Fashion Design, Life Event Planning, Focus on Children and many more. The presentations encompass months of student work as they developed projects to address important personal, family, work and societal needs in their community. Below is a diagram of FCCLA career pathways and a few events being offered. The top entrant will win a chance to compete at the National Leadership Conference this July in Anaheim, CA.
In addition, chapters who conducted innovative and impactful traffic safety programming will also be recognized. This recognition is a part of a $30,000 partnership between the Montana Department of Transportation and Montana FCCLA to provide traffic education in our communities.
To link students to MSU degree programs, MSU Faculty and staff are conducting eighteen career connection workshops on Friday. These workshops are designed to help youth leaders learn more about themselves, the workplace and careers. Examples of workshop topics include:
- Hands-on sessions allowing students to explore your degree program and careers;
- Interactive sessions which help students learn more about themselves and build their employability skills;
- Engaging sessions which guide students navigating higher education for personal college and career success and well-being.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.