Career and technical student organization

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Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are vocational organizations primarily based in high schools, colleges and career technology centers.

Often, on the state level, they are integrated into departments of education or incorporated as nonprofit organizations. Many states define CTSOs as "integral parts" of the high school and college education programs.[1][2] Other higher education institutions have added extracurricular activities that are not sports-related, like CTSOs in order to enhance the college experience.

Some major CTSOs include:[3]

  • BPA (Business Professionals of America)
  • DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America)
  • Educators Rising
  • FBLA-PBL (Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda)
  • FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
  • FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America)
  • HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly Health Occupations Students of America)
  • NYFEA (National Young Farmer Educational Association)
  • PAS (National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization)
  • SkillsUSA (formerly Vocational Industrial Clubs of America)
  • TSA (Technology Student Association)
  • YEI (Youth Economics Initiative)


  1. ^ "Public Law 105-225" (PDF). National FFA Organization. August 12, 1998. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Fiscus, Lyn; Dixon Hyslop, Alisha (2008). "Career and Technical Student Organizations: A Reference Guide" (PDF). Technology Student Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Career and Technical Student Organizations". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

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