Career and Technical Education Student Organizations
With more than 2 million members combined, Career and Technical Student Organizations integrate into Career and Technical Education programs and courses across the country. CTSOs extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels.
CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness.
CTSOs are authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective student organization that has been making a difference in families, careers, and communities by addressing important family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education since 1945. FCCLA provides more than 175,000 members from all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with real world skills through preparing them for careers in four specific career pathways, running for office, participating in Competitive Events, and networking with youth leaders across the nation.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the premier business career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA-PBL has four membership divisions: FBLA-ML for middle school, FBLA for high school, PBL for college, and the Professional Division for alumni, business professionals, educators and supporters.
HOSA is a national leadership organization for students enrolled in health or biomedical science programs. HOSA is 100% health! The mission of HOSA is to recruit and retain qualified students to the health professions and provide personal, career and leadership development opportunities to be academic, college and career ready.
FFA is the premier youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address at the 2013 National FFA Convention.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The mission of SkillsUSA is “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only CTSO devoted exclusively to the needs of technology education students who are presently enrolled in, or have completed, technology education courses.