Career and Technical Education Student Organizations (CTSO) provide co-curricular opportunities for students to receive career and technical education support designed to enhance school-based and work-based learning.
The approved CTSO’s in the District of Columbia are:
|CTSO Name||Program Area|
|Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)||Business and Information Technology|
|Future Farmers of America (FFA)||Agriculture Education|
|Health Occupational Student Association (HOSA)||Health and Medical Services|
|Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)||Family and Consumer Science|
|Technology Student Association (TSA)||Technology Education|
|SkillsUSA||Trade and Industrial Education|
CTSO Membership benefits participating schools by:
- Enhancing student academic performance by providing real-world situations, developing problem solving skills, and participating in team work opportunities
- Promoting positive work habits that are transferable
- Improving the relevance of the educational curriculum
- Providing mentoring and professional development training opportunities for staff
CTSO involvement benefits students by:
- Increasing student engagement in academic and occupational pursuits
- Enabling students to achieve high academic and occupational standards
- Enhancing student’s self-esteem and self-confidence
- Developing meaningful, potentially long lasting business partnerships
- Providing a linkage between school-based learning and real world experiences
- Motivating youth to become better students and productive citizens
- Developing leadership, organizational and communication skills
- Providing opportunities to network with peers at regional and national conferences
- Challenging students with a variety of skill building completions
How Can My School Establish a CTSO Chapter?
To begin the membership process, initiate the following steps:
- Review the list of state approved CTSOs above and select the chapter that align to your program of study.
- Obtain program establishment approval by OSSE/LEA/School.
- Identify a CTE staff member to serve as the Student Advisor.
- Review and follow membership protocols specified by each respective organization.