February is Career and Technical Education Month. With the theme of Opportunities for Career Success, we want to highlight our Career and Technical Student Organizations. These organizations give our students leadership experience and the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world projects. Students compete against the best of the best at the local, regional, state, and national level.
FCCLA focuses on students participating in Family and Consumer Science courses in high school. Members of FCCLA develop leadership and decision-making skills in both the home and workplace, including planning, goal-setting, problem-solving, and interpersonal communication.
Career Technical Student Organization:
Early Childhood Education
How did you get involved in FCCLA?
I was hesitant at first, but my teacher thought I had the potential to do well, so she encouraged me to participate. I'm so glad I did and now I'm the one telling all of the juniors that they need to get involved.
What types of categories do you compete in?
Most of what we create are different kinds of lesson plans that are adapted for specific ages. For each lesson plan, we create activities for the kids and those activities have to meet certain educational criteria, such as social, emotional, large motor skills, etc. We use our lesson plans with the preschool children in our program and then present our projects to judges. Last year, I placed 1st in regionals and states.
How has DACC & FCCLA helped prepare you for life after high school?
The skills I’ve gained through FCCLA are universal and will help me in any career path. Things like:
- Speaking in front of people under pressure
- Making a plan & adapting it for different scenarios
- Working hard
- Taking pride in my work
- Encouraging others to pursue their goals
What do you want to do after high school?
I came to DACC not knowing if I wanted to work in childcare or healthcare. I’ve used my time here to realize that I’d like to be a nurse, working with children. Because of my experiences at DACC and with FCCLA, I have a great job at a daycare that will help me pay for college while I pursue my career in healthcare.
Learn more about FCCLA
Learn more about DACC's Early Childhood Education program
Learn more about DACC's Culinary Arts program
Learn more about DACC's Food Service program
Learn more about DACC's Hospitality program