Career and Technical Student Organizations
What are Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)?
Career and Technical Student Organizations, commonly referred to as CTSOs, are youth organizations designed to support students in Career and technical education (CTE) programs. Career and technical education, helps prepare high school graduates for the next step, whether it is postsecondary education or entry into the workforce. Rigorous academic content tied to technical subject matter, as well as internships and other cooperative work experiences, are hallmarks of CTE programs. Through these co-curricular programs of study, students get a head start on their career preparation, whether their goal is to become a teacher, doctor, automotive technician, or computer programmer. CTSOs are considered an integral part of CTE; they help students develop the technical and leadership skills that will earnable them to succeed in their career paths. Members of the 11 organizations that have been designated as CTSOs (see list below) that operate as part of a co-curricular CTE program are eligible for federal funding under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
BPA prepares students for a productive future in business management, office administration, and other career fields. Members hone their leadership, citizenship, academic and technical skills through professional activities and competitive events. Skills include areas as varied as legal and medical office administration, international administration and business law.
DECA, Texas Association
DECA provides students with education and leadership development experiences in the fields of marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. Members develop a "career success kit" to carry into their business and personal lives after graduation. Students can attend local, state, and national conferences to build, share, and showcase their skills.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA offers students the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for balancing work and family life, such as planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, such as parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environmental issues, nutrition and fitness, intergenerational communication, and career education.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA prepares today's students for success in business leadership. Participation in FBLA activities promotes civic and personal responsibility, helps students develop business leadership skill and establish career goals; and prepares students for useful citizenship and productive careers. Chapters forge partnerships with local business and industry leaders, and members have the opportunity to participate in numerous leadership events.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
HOSA's mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, high-quality health care by providing students with opportunities for knowledge, skills, and leadership development. Members attend leadership conferences featuring competition in over 50 healthcare events.
The mission of SkillsUSA is to develop leadership skills and workplace competencies needed in a constantly changing global workplace. SkillsUSA emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, superior workmanship, quality, and safety. Members compete in more than 70 leadership events offered at the regional and state levels, culminating in Skills USA Championships.
Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)
TAFE is a co-curricular statewide non-profit (501 c3) student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created in 1984 to provide the best and brightest high school and middle school students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education. TAFE is sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and is governed by a board of directors comprised of teachers, students and principals.
Texas FFA Association
Texas FFA works with business, industry, community organizations, and individuals to raise funds to recognize student achievements and support activities. Members develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success.
Texas Technology Students Association (TSA)
TSA prepares students to meet the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Members have the chance to develop and showcase their skills through individual and team competitions.