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Their blazing red jackets are not hard to notice, and neither is their message.

The Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) were at Mid-Plains Community College on Tuesday to spend an entire day with about 275 Lincoln County high school students to cover a range of important topics from public speaking to managing finances to how to give back to the community.

Janice Brandt, Nebraska FCCLA advisor, said the goal of Tuesday’s program was to focus on family and life skills.

“We focus primarily on family, but try to provide as much information as students need within their personal lives and careers,” said Brandt. “We do that by teaching teamwork, leadership skills, communication skills and problem solving within the home or career environment.”

FCCLA focuses in on other goals with their healthy body and family first projects and try to guide students into the un-derstanding of wise decisions. 

Lane Swedberg of Wallace, one of 12 state FCCLA officers, said these types of programs lend to the organization’s overall mission to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.

Many of the students attending Tuesday’s conference are members of local FCCLA chapters within the schools around Lincoln County.

“One of our main themes is to show high school students that the opportunity to step up and be a leader is there,” said Swedberg. “One of the ways we can do that is to show how to put together community projects.”

The students attended a variety of sessions throughout the day, culminating with Michael Wade Smith’s presentation on public speaking. Smith is currently a student at Kansas University, but is a past president of FCCLA from 2006. The organization has been in existence since 1945 and currently has more than 200,000 members within 6,500 chapters across the country.

FCCLA isn’t afraid to tackle the problems that today’s teenagers face, including teen pregnancy issues, peer pressure, substance abuse and more. To learn more about FCCLA, visit

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North Platte Telegraph