CA FCCLA Membership Incentive Grant
In 2005, the Governor’s Initiative on Improving and Strengthening Career Technical Education (CTE) was successfully carried through Senate Bill (SB) 1070 by Senator Scott. SB 1070 allocated $20,000,000 from the Community College reversion account to be specifically used for the improving of CTE at both the community college and secondary level. The bill allowed for the California Department of Education (CDE) to be an active and full partner in the development of the plan to carry out this important initiative. The CDE Career and Workforce Innovations (CWI) Unit provides the leadership in this work.
SB 1070, as it is commonly referred to, calls for the CWI Unit staff and the Community College Chancellor’s Office staff to regularly meet and plan for appropriate CTE funding priorities. These priorities now take the form of approximately 18 unique CTE proposals and grant opportunities that are funded at both community college and secondary levels. SB 1070 was the first major state CTE legislation to trigger a true partnership between these two agencies. CWI Unit staff coordinates the development of creative and innovative concepts and funding opportunities to strengthen and improve the articulation of CTE in an organized seamless pattern.
Assistance for Career Technical Student ORdanizations (CTSO's)
A portion of SB 1070 funds were set aside for each CTSO in California to utilize in building upon existing student chapters and creating new ones to increase student participation in CTSO activities at the middle school, high school and ROCP level. The official CTSO's in California sponsored by CDE are California FCCLA (Home Economics Careers & Technology Education), FFA (Agriculture Education), FBLA (Business Education), DECA (Marketing Education), HOSA (Health Careers Education), and Skills USA (Industrial & Technology Education). The legal governing body of each of these CTSO's was charged with the administration of these funding grants including the development of criteria for making grants to local chapters that would fulfill the intent of the original legislation.
When SB 1070 funds first became available for use by CTSO Chapters, the California FCCLA Board of Directors developed and enacted a funding criteria formula for providing incentive grants to local California FCCLA Chapters. There are minimum criteria that an California FCCLA Chapter must meet before being eligible for consideration of an SB 1070 incentive grant. These minimum criteria are:
- The chapter and school administration must agree to affiliate an active and ongoing California FCCLA chapter at its school site for a minimum of three consecutive years beginning with the school year in which the application is made.
- The chapter must agree to pre-register and attend as full-time registrants, the annual FCCLA State Leadership Meeting (in the year of application) with a minimum contingent of at least one California FCCLA Chapter Advisor and at least two student members who are not competing in a state finals CRE at the state meeting.
- The chapter must agree to attend the California FCCLA Fall and Spring Regional Meetings (during the school year of application) with at least one member representative from the chapter.