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Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

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
DECA Marketing
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:

  1. Review the list of state approved CTSOs above and select the chapter that align to your program of study.
  2. Obtain program establishment approval by OSSE/LEA/School.
  3. Identify a CTE staff member to serve as the Student Advisor.
  4. Review and follow membership protocols specified by each respective organization.