With more than two million student members combined, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) 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.
The Guide to Career and Technical Student Organizations (PDF) can help educators decide which organizations would benefit the students in their schools.
To learn more about each of the organizations see the information provided in the following table.
Future Farmers of America makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers around the world in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
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.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
HOSA develops leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.
The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center
SkillsUSA improves the quality of America's workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
Technology Student Association is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology.
Career & Technical Education Quick Links:
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