Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Career Development Events (CDEs) are educational activities that are organized and conducted by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). CDEs are designed to assess student competence and technical skills as detailed in the Family and Consumer Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism, and Education and Training Career Field Content Standards. They are the motivating force that stimulates career interests and personal development of middle school and high school students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences course(s) or related career field program/course(s). Ohio Career Development Events reflect national STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership development, and career preparation. CDEs strengthen Family and Consumer Sciences and related career field programs by increasing student motivation, providing a framework for authentic learning experiences that enhance documented performance assessments. Participation in CDEs is an exciting, challenging, and engaging experience.