Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Today 200,000 members in more than 5,500 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including parenting, family relationships, environment, nutrition, and career exploration.
This summer at the FCCLA National Leadership meeting, Karin Davis, Tulsa Tech’s Apparel Design instructor, was elected by FCCLA State and Chapter Advisors across the nation, to represent the Occupational Family and Consumer Sciences programs on the National Board of Directors. Ms. Davis is excited about the opportunity to serve as a national officer, along with the opportunities which are available to everyone who participate in FCCLA, and she remembers the impact it made on her life when she first discovered the organization.
“I graduated from Chissolm High school near Enid,” Davis said. “That’s where I discovered my love of what was then known as Future Homemakers of America. In 1999 the organization changed their name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.”
The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. The student organization focuses on the multiple roles of being a family member, wage earner and community leader. Members develop skills for life through character development, interpersonal communication, both creative and critical thinking, in addition to career preparation.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being an instructor is teaching my students these important life skills,” Davis explained. “Students will use these valuable skills for the rest of their lives, in any career path, and FCCLA provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice these skills.”
The Oklahoma native recognizes there are challenges facing the organization, including recruiting new students, but feels the students who do participate, and have benefitted, continue to be the best ambassadors for the program.
“Students have so many distractions these days,” Davis said. “These skills which are so important to family and community often get overlooked. But once students become involved in a community service project, and begin to realize how helping others is really also helping themselves, they begin to develop an understanding of FCCLA’s mission and goal.”
Keeping up with her responsibilities as a full-time instructor, coordinating numerous community service projects, and serving on the FCCLA’s National Board of Directors will certainly mean some long days ahead for Ms. Davis, but’s she’s very thankful for the opportunity, and seems to welcome the challenges with a smile.
“FCCLA is one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” Davis said. “It changed my life, and that’s the message I hope to share with other members, past, present and future.”
To find out more about FCCLA, visit fcclainc.org. If you’re currently looking for quality business and industry training, exciting classes for high school students, or wish to explore a life-changing career, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5000 or visit us online at www.tulsatech.edu.