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    Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

    Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

    The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has endorsed Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) as a critical component of an effective Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.  The term 'career and technical student organization' means an organization for students enrolled in a career and technical education program that engages in career and technical education activities as an integral part of the instructional program.

    To further the development of leadership andtechnical skills, students have opportunities to participate in one or more of the seven (CTSOs). CTSOs develop character,citizenship, and the technical, leadership and teamwork skills essential forthe workforce and further education. CTSO activities are considered a part ofthe instructional day when they are directly related to the competencies andobjectives in the course. 

    Below are brief descriptions of what each CTSO offers tostudents with links to their national and Nevada websites, as well as contactinformation. 



    DECA is a national organization for secondary students enrolledin Marketing Education. DECA is an intra-curricular student-centeredorganization designed as an integral part of the classroom instructionalprogram of marketing education that motivates students to learn marketingcompetencies preparing students to be skilled, employable workers in the fieldof marketing. All chapters and the national organization are guided in theirplans and activities by advisory committees of marketing education instructors,alumni members, school administrators, and business professionals.

    State Website: Nevada DECA 



    FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is a national career and technical education studentorganization for secondary students preparing for careers in business orbusiness education. FBLA is both an intra-curricular and integral part of thecomplete CTE business education programs in Nevada. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is anorganization on the move for postsecondary and collegiate students enrolled orinterested in a variety of business programs. With over 25,000 members acrossthe nation, PBL has developed successful business leaders for over 30 years.

    State Website:Nevada FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)  


     FCCLA logo

    FCCLA (Family,Career and Community Leaders of America)  is the onlynational career and technical student organization with the family as itscentral focus. FCCLA is both an intra-curricular and integral part of thecomplete CTE family and consumer sciences education programs in Nevada.  Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making adifference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing importantpersonal, work, and societal issues through family and consumer scienceseducation.

    State Website: Nevada FCCLA (Family,Career, and Community Leaders of America) 


     FFA Emblem for print 4/26/22

    FFA is a national organization for secondarystudents enrolled in Agricultural Education. FFA is an intra-curricularstudent-centered organization designed as an integral part of the classroominstructional program of agricultural education that motivates students tolearn career competencies preparing them for leadership and careers in thescience, business, and technology of agriculture. The largest student youthorganization in America, the FFA is both an intra-curricular and integral partof the complete CTE agriculture education program. All chapters and thenational organization are guided in their plans and activities by advisorycommittees of agriculture education instructors, alumni members, schooladministrators, and business professionals.

    StateWebsite: Nevada FFA 



    HOSA- FutureHealth Professionals is a global student led organization for students enrolledin health occupations education, whose mission is to promote careeropportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of qualityhealth care to all people. Through HOSA, students develop leadership andtechnical skills through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition.HOSA is both an intra-curricular and integral part of the complete CTE HealthOccupations education programs in Nevada.

    State Website: Nevada HOSA: Future Health Professionals 


    Skills USA

    SkillsUSA is apartnership of students, teachers, and industry. Working together to ensureAmerica has a skilled work force and helps every student excel. SkillsUSAserves high school and college students who are enrolled in programs preparingthem for technical, skilled, and service careers. SkillsUSA adds to students’technical training by teaching leadership skills, teamwork, citizenship, andcharacter development-all things that go into shaping responsible, reliableemployees who will one day become leaders in our workplaces. SkillsUSA is bothan intra-curricular and integral part of the complete CTE education programs inNevada.

    State Website: NevadaSkillsUSA 



      Technology Student Association (TSA)  is a national organization of students engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology and education courses, TSA's membership includes more than 300,000 middle and high school students across the United States. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more. A wide range of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student.


        Kristina Carey
        Education Programs Professional