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).

Participation in CDEs is an exciting, challenging, and engaging experience. It provides opportunities for leadership development, professional growth and recognition. 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.