Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
All students in career and technical programs have an opportunity to develop and extend their learnings through participation in active career and technical student organizations (CTSOs). The program of work for each organization should be based on instructional competencies and be an integral part of the program.
Any student enrolled in a career and technical course is eligible for membership in the career and technical student organization associated with that program.
CTSOs develop character, citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for students who are preparing for the workforce and further education. They enhance students' civic awareness and provide opportunities for developing social competencies and a wholesome attitude about living and working.
CTSOs provide a unique instructional method for attaining the competency goals and objectives identified in each course. Their activities are considered a part of the instructional day when they are directly related to the competencies and objectives in the course blueprints.
FFA: AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
The National FFA Organization was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it's a science, it's a business and it's an art.
FBLA: BUSINESS, FINANCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) education association with a quarter-million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.
FCCLA: FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCES
Since 1945, FCCLA has functioned as an integral part of family and consumer sciences/home economics classes. Members in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia take part at local, state, and national levels. The FCCLA Mission affirms the partnership between FACS and FCCLA and identifies the key skill areas developed among its members: To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
DECA: MARKETING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
DECA is a state and national organization available to all students who are currently enrolled in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education courses. Through activities at the local, state and national level DECA members have the opportunity to enhance their working knowledge of vocational understanding, community service, leadership development, and social intelligence.
HOSA: HEALTH SCIENCE
HOSA is a career and technical student organization of, by and for students who:
- Are or were enrolled in secondary, postsecondary/collegiate health science education classes
- Are interested, planning to pursue, or pursuing a career in the health professions
TSA: TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
The North Carolina Technology Student Association (NC-TSA) is an organization for middle and high school students and is affiliated with the international Technology Student Association (TSA). It is an integral component of the state's Technology Engineering and Design Education program. Participation promotes citizenship and leadership, and furthers technical skills and understandings.
SKILLS USA: TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL
SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.