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A Family Friend Says Goodbye: For Many Years, Alan Rains Has Been a Member of the Career and Technical Education Family and the Leader of an Organization That Focuses on the Family

Magazine article Techniques

A Family Friend Says Goodbye: For Many Years, Alan Rains Has Been a Member of the Career and Technical Education Family and the Leader of an Organization That Focuses on the Family

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When Alan Rains retires at the end of August 2006, he will leave a legacy of service to career and technical education, ACTE and especially to the many students he has affected through his leadership of the career and technical student organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

During his almost 18 years as the executive director of FCCLA, Rains has guided the organization through a number of changes, including the name change in 1999 from Future Homemakers of America to its current name. He has also worked to increase the visibility and reach of FCCLA by expanding programs such as Leaders at Work and by creating new ones such as the Career Connection Program.

Rains has embraced new technologies by working on the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education Web cast to promote career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) to a larger audience. He has also embraced new challenges by working with the CTSO group to perform a survey of students and advisers that focused on the academic enhancement of career and technical education students.

Rains' service to career and technical education has included his work with ACTE. He served for many years on the Policy and Planning Committee of the ACTE Family and Consumer Sciences Education Division and was chair of the Executive Directors group for approximately seven years. Throughout his tenure with FCCLA, Rains has been a strong, reliable presence at the ACTE Convention.

Beth Carpenter, director of marketing and communications at FCCLA, notes that Rains has worked to expand the knowledge and participation of career and technical education within the FCCLA organization. …

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