This Week in CTE: FCCLA Advancing CTE Without Limits

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This Week in CTE: FCCLA Advancing CTE Without Limits

Advance CTE continues to celebrate CTE Month® by uplifting Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) student leaders and their national advocacy weeks. 
These organizations are a powerful model for learner-centered and learner-led education, and Advance CTE is pleased to be joined by seven national CTSOs in supporting the national vision for CTE. Without Limits: A Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education (CTE Without Limits) places CTE as the catalyst for achieving a cohesive career preparation ecosystem that is responsive to each learner’s needs for college and career success. 
Throughout February, the This Week in CTE blog series has highlighted the activities of several CTSOs and their alignment with the five interconnected principles of CTE Without Limits. Today, we highlight Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), who celebrated their national week  this week, February 14-18, 2022, with the theme “Make It Count” and social hashtag #FCCLAWeek.
Each learner engages in a cohesive, flexible and responsive career preparation ecosystem.
FCCLA members at New Horizons Regional Education Center: Woodside Lane in Newport News, Virginia participate in flexible, responsive CTE programs.  Internships at a local elementary school provide these learners with hands-on experience and real-world skills  in early childhood education.
 
 
 
Each learner feels welcome in, is supported by and has the means to succeed in the career preparation ecosystem.
Griffin Middle School in Georgia elevated learner voices and cultural experiences by incorporating commemoration of Black History Month into their celebration of FCCLA Week. 
The national branch FCCLA is also dedicated to retaining and supporting FCCLA advisors through their annual Chapter Advisor Summit held in January. 
 
 
Each learner’s skills are counted, valued, and portable.
FCCLA strives for FCCLA members to have clear paths for their skills to be valued and counted. FCCLA has identified four career pathways that align to key technical and “employability” skills gained through FCCLA experiences, listed below. Members also have the opportunities to test and display skill competencies at competitions at the regional, state and national level. 
Each learner can access CTE without borders
FCCLA members have the opportunity to share their skills and make connections beyond the classroom and even their state. National FCCLA leader Hayley Reid participated in a federal policy panel held by the National Transportation Safety Board. 
FCCLA Real-World Skills: 
Applied Academic Skills: Communications, Math, Science, Basic Literacy
Critical Thinking Skills: Problem Solving, Organization & Planning
Resource Management: Time, Money, Materials & Personnel
Information Use
Communication Skills
Interpersonal Skills: Leadership, Teamwork & Negotiation
Personal Qualities
Systems Thinking: Teamwork & Project Management
Technology Use
Visit Advance CTE’s vision page for communication and implementation tools for state and local CTE leaders to bring CTE Without Limits to life. 
If you would like to share how your CTE program or CTSO creates limitless opportunities for each learner in this blog series, please email Brittany Cannady, bcannady@careertech.org
Stacy Whitehouse, Senior Associate Communications and State Engagement