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Calendar of Events

2023-2024 FCSHS Calendar of Events - Updated 1/16/24


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Inc. (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization in public and private school through grade 12+.

Please visit our website for up-to-date information and publications:

Missouri FCCLA Staff

Ashley Witte
Missouri FCCLA State Adviser
(573) 522-6543

Mailing Address:
Office of College and Career Readiness/FCCLA
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:
5th Floor, Jefferson Building
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

General Information

What is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America?

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization of students who have taken or are taking a course in family and consumer sciences classes through grade 12. 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is incorporated as a private, nonprofit career and technical organization.  FCCLA is one of the 10 national career and technical student organizations which operate through career and technical education programs in schools.

How does Family, Career and Community Leaders of America relate to class?

The main goal is the same: to improve personal, family, community, and job/career life.  The family and consumer sciences teacher is the advisor of the chapter.  The teacher/advisor uses the structure of the chapter to give family and consumer sciences students leadership experiences in planning and directing their own activities that in turn give family and consumer sciences class more meaning.


Who may join?

Any student who has taken or is taking a course in family and consumer sciences education may join an established chapter in his or her school.  Chapters are found in public and private middle and high schools.  There are chapters in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the Virgin Islands.

Membership is voluntary for all students who have taken or are taking a course in family and consumer sciences education.  Both young women and men are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

How is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America financed?

FCCLA is supported primarily by student membership dues paid annually.  The organization also seeks individual, corporate, and foundation gifts.  State association dues are set by each association and are voted on by the state membership.  Regional and chapter dues are set by each individual group and approved by the members.  In addition, chapters may receive money through donations, grants, and fundraising activities.

What does your membership support?

  • National member magazine, Teen Times;
  • Newsletter for adult leaders, The Adviser;
  • Mailings to chapters;
  • National program development;
  • Program workbooks and chapter resources;
  • Training for adult and student leaders;
  • National promotion of the organization;
  • Membership processing fees;
  • Membership promotion;
  • National Board of Directors and National Executive Council activities;
  • Expenses related to raising money and seeking corporate sponsors;
  • Operating expenses of the national headquarters and staff;
  • Experiences that help you develop your own leadership style and job skills by attending regional, state, and national conferences;
  • Activities and personal successes that you can include on job, school, and scholarship applications;
  • Activities and costs associated with running a state-level organization with 14 state executive council members;
  • Missouri FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Program;
  • Having the opportunity to run for regional, state, and national FCCLA offices;
  • Participate in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Competitive Events;
  • Missouri FCCLA scholarship fund.


Approved Program Guidance

Approved Program Guidance

Missouri's approved programs are located in comprehensive high schools, area career and technical centers, community colleges and universities.

Professional Development Opportunities

FCSHS Professional Development Opportunities

Provided by:
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services
Missouri Restaurant Association
Missouri State University
University of Central Missouri

Click here to see details about all of our upcoming professional development: 
2023-2024 Professional Development Opportunities At-A-Glance

All professional development opportunities are eligible for 50/50 grant funding. For more information, look under Funding & Forms at 

Pathways to the Teaching Profession | Wednesday, August 2, 2023
9:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Building, 1st Floor Conference Room | 205 Jefferson St. | Jefferson City, MO (hosted by UCM)
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch and supplies)
                             Lodging, additional meals, and parking will be the responsibility of the participant.
The Pathways Workshop is designed to provide an overview of the curriculum and resources needed to fully implement this pathway into a FCS program. Anyone interested in offering this program is required to attend this training, as well as, receive approval from Theresa Struemph, Director of Family Consumer Sciences.  
Register here by Thursday, July 27, 2023: Pathways to the Teaching Profession Level I Workshop Registration (


FCCLA Chapter Basics | Friday, August 11, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm
Plaster Student Union Room 317 | Missouri State University | Springfield, MO
-or- Virtual via Zoom
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch, supplies, and parking)
This workshop will help participants get a jump start on their FCCLA chapter before starting the year. The workshop will cover basic FCCLA information, membership, organizing your chapter, working with officers, and exploring FCCLA Programs. 
Register here: MSU FCS Fall Workshop Registration (
Pay online here: 

What's New in STAR Events | September 11, 2023
9:00 am-2:00 pm 
Governor Office Building Rm 450 | Jefferson City, MO
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch and supplies)
The STAR Events Manual is totally new this year! This workshop will go over the manual, highlighting the changes in guidelines and events, as well as how to prepare for a successful competition season in FCCLA.
Register here: 

Fall Hospitality, Tourism, ProStart & Foods Workshops
Wednesday & Thursday, September 27-28, 2023
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
All sessions 8:00am-4:00pm
September workshops: Springfield Grocers | Springfield, MO
October workshop: College of the Ozarks | Hollister, MO
Registration Fee: $75 per workshop (includes lunch, supplies, and parking)
All educators teaching Foods, Nutrition and Wellness, International Foods, Food Science, Culinary Arts, HTM, and/or ProStart are invited to attend. Wednesday features ServSafe Certification training. Hands-on activities, new trends discussions, tours of facilities, and more will be featured at these workshops. Contact Leone Herring at for registration information.

Let's Make a "Shacket" | Monday, October 23, 2023
Ozark High School | Ozark, MO
Registration Fee: $25 + supplies (includes lunch)
Once Fashion and Textiles students have mastered making PJ Shorts and a Basic T-Shirt, it might be difficult to know which project to do next and how to best teach it to a classroom of intermediate sewing students. This session will be a hands-on workshop that will allow participants to make a flannel shirt (Shacket) with a collar, button jacket, and two different versions of pockets. 
This project will be the sample that you can take back to show your students and includes Step by Step YouTube videos that your students can use as supplemental resources in addition to the pattern.
This project uses a PDF pattern, so participants who have not used PDFs before will see how great they are and how to use them in the classroom.
We will use the Patterns for Pirates Pattern "Lumberjack Shacket" which has two versions based on sizing needs. *Cost of the pattern is $12 + fabric. 
You must already know how to sew to complete this workshop; however, if you have limited garment construction skills you can learn those during the session. Knowledge of a serger is helpful, but not required.

Getting a Jump Start on Child Development | Friday, November 3, 2023
Plaster Student Union, Room 317 | Missouri State University | Springfield, MO
Registration fee: $40 (includes lunch, supplies, and parking)
This workshop will help provide resources and ideas for your Child Development courses at both the initial and advanced levels. Resources for working with preschools and daycares or setting up your own will be included in the session. 

Techniques for Baking & Pastry STAR Events | Friday, November 10, 2023
Columbia Career Center | Columbia, MO | Hosted by UCM
Come and explore the methods students must know for the FCCLA Baking and Pastry STAR Event. Participants will focus on learning the methods used at the state and national contests rather than specific recipes including quick breads, cookies, pate au choux, cake decorating, and more. In addition, contest strategies will be discussed to try and set your students up for success!

Middle School Magic | Monday, November 13, 2023
Plaster Student Union, Room 315 | Missouri State University | Springfield, MO
This workshop will provide resources and ideas relevant for anyone teaching middle school students. 

Canva | Friday, November 17, 2023
University of Central Missouri | Warrensburg, MO
Do you have a Canva account but you're struggling to use it effectively or creatively? During this workshop, we will explore different features, tools, and tricks in Canva (both free and paid) that will help you in and outside of the classroom. Come prepared for a day of hands-on learning. 

Becoming a Stylist | Thursday, March 14, 2024
University of Central Missouri | Warrensburg, MO
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch and supplies)
Learn about careers in styling and identifying celebrity stylists and their clients. Determine face shape, body type, and color season on yourself and others with interactive activities. Using this knowledge you will learn to find the most flattering clothing for an overall look. Leave with lessons for your classroom that you can use for a unit on styling and personal professional image.

International Foods: How to Teach with Authenticity | Friday, April 12, 2024
University of Central Missouri | Warrensburg, MO 
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch and supplies)
In this course we will explore international foods through preparing authentic recipes from the countries of France, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Turkey/Greece, and Italy. The recipes are from a collection obtained in local cooking classes from those countries. As we cook, we will discuss how to obtain authentic ingredients, how to adapt to the classroom environment, and a little history on the foods of those countries. 

Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession: Level I | Wednesday, April 24, 2024
First MidBank | Jefferson City, MO
Registration Fee: $40 (includes lunch and supplies)
Level I is designed to provide new instructors with an overview of the curriculum and resources needed to fully implement this pathway. Anyone interested in offering Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession needs to attend this workshop to be DESE-approved. 

Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession - Adv. Training: Level II | Thursday, April 25, 2024
First MidBank | Jefferson City, MO
Registration Fee: $55 (includes lunch and supplies)
This advanced training is for teachers who have already completed Pathways for the Teaching Profession Level I and have a current program in place. This annual training explores topics and issues trending in education, as well as provides ongoing support where teachers can share best practices for their program. Topics include classroom management, student diversity and differentiating instruction, and how to develop your Grow Your Own pipeline. 

Registration for all workshops hosted by UCM can be found on the document linked at the top of this section.

2023-2024 MoEFCS Officers

Amy Harkey
Purdy High School
201 Gabby Gibbons Drive
Purdy, MO 65734

Emily Daniel
Nevada Regional Technical Center
900 West Ashland St.
Nevada, MO 64772 

Christy Johnson
Clearwater High School
200 Henry White Blvd.
Piedmont, MO 63957

Michelle Brinkley
Lebanon R-3
757 Brice Street
Lebanon, MO 65536

Beth Beattie
Montgomery Co. R-2
394 N Hwy 19
Montgomery City, MO 63361

MoEFCS Organizational Information

MoEFCS Membership

MoEFCS Bylaws and Polices

MoEFCS Board Forms

Standards and Curriculum Frameworks

Standards and Curriculum Frameworks

National Standards for Family Consumer Sciences Education

LEAD FCS (Leading, Engaging, Advocating, Developing Family & Consumer Sciences Education) is a network of state administrators. LEAD FCS is an affiliate of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCS) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This organization first began development of national standards for family and consumer sciences in May 1995. The resulting work became a powerful tool for showcasing the movement from home economics, with an emphasis on technical homemaking skills, to Family and Consumer Sciences Education & Human Services, with its focus on broader family and society issues, and provided significant new direction for the field.

In May 2014, LEAD FCS initiated a project to update the national standards, utilizing a highly participatory process that has involved well over 2,000 stakeholders providing recommendations for the third edition. The Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0 continues the proud tradition of providing the framework for national, state, and local program that prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by empowering individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.

Common Career Technical Core

Missouri FCSHS is responsible for programming in these three clusters: Education and Training #5; Hospitality and Tourism #9; Human Services #10.

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can adopt voluntarily.  The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researcher.

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters™ and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study.  The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all programs of study.  The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

FCSHS Curriculum Frameworks

Requires separate program approval -2 or more course required in the program of study.
These Programs of Study are offered at Comprehensive High Schools or Career Centers.

Offered Only at Career Centers


Funding & Forms

50/50 Career Education Grants

50/50 Career Education Grant funds allow CTE programs to purchase EQUIPMENT or CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT resources. Monies are available on a 50 percent matching basis (50 percent local district reimbursement and 50 percent state reimbursement). The district may NOT use Enhancement Grant funds or Perkins funds to match the funding of the 50/50 reimbursement.

FCSHS also has Program Improvement Grants (PD) available. Conferences or workshops in curricular areas that directly affect the content areas taught will be considered for funding. As always, National ACTE, Missouri ACTE or FCCLA district, state, or national conferences are not eligible for funding

50/50 applications are accepted throughout the school year as long as funding is available. 

To apply

For reimbursement

Enhancement Grant

The purpose of the Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant is to expand and enhance the quality of Missouri's occupational preparatory (long-term) career education programs. This is accomplished through improved alignment with business and industry occupational training needs and increased emphasis on training in occupations determined to be in critical shortage.

For more information regarding the enhancement grant, contact


Welcome to Family Consumer Sciences & Human Services Education!

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is the sponsor of a two-year mentoring program for beginning teachers, experienced teachers new to the career education field, or teachers returning to a career education program area after an absence of five years or more. If you qualify for one of these categories, we would like to invite you to be a protégé in our mentoring program. The goal of the program is to support both the protégé and the mentor in creating a professional learning community. The mentoring program is an excellent way for master teachers to share their experiences and knowledge to enhance the teaching year of a new or returning teacher.  Proteges must complete two years of mentoring training to fulfill the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program requirement.

Please complete your mentor and protégé applications electronically ASAP and email them to

All forms are fillable, please download and save the form before completing them:
Protégé Mentoring Program Application

Mentor Mentoring Program Application

Career Education Mentoring Manual 2023-2024

CTE Mentoring Moodle Login

The first mentor/protégé required meeting for 2023-2024 is September 19, 2023 in Jefferson City, MO. The second required meeting is April 4, 2024 in Jefferson City.


MO-FACS Listserv

The purpose of MO-FACS Discussion List is to provide an electronic communication forum for educators, parents, and citizens, at large, throughout Missouri who are interested in the field of family consumer sciences and human services education.  MO-FACS is intended to facilitate the communication and exchange of ideas to improve and expand upon family consumer sciences education and related services for students in Missouri.  MO-FACS is the main line of communication from the state level to local educators for family consumer sciences and human services programming in Missouri.

Topics of discussion might include:

            Sharing ideas and resources 

            Promotion of opportunities for youth, including FCCLA


            Legislation and policies

            Professional development opportunities

            Program guidelines and deadlines

Listserv Rules

Listserv Use

To post a message, view archives, subscribe or unsubscribe to the listserv visit

FCS Teacher Education Programs

Teacher Education Programs

Educator Certification 

Missouri has three higher education institutions that provide pre-service education programs in family consumer sciences and human services. For information on enrollment and requirements for teacher of family and consumer sciences please contact the college.

Staff Contacts

FCSHS Staff Organizational Chart

Theresa Struemph
Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services
Phone: 573-522-6542

Ashley Witte
Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services Cluster 
FCCLA State Adviser
Phone: 573-522-6543 

Shelley Smith
Part-Time Contractor
Hospitality and Tourism Cluster
LifeSmarts State Coordinator
Mentoring Program
Phone: 573-751-6878

Deborah Landon
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 573-751-7964

Physical Address
205 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65101-0480

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