Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career and technical student organizations are extremely effective as ―instructional tools when used properly by a trained Career and Technical educator. Career and technical student organization activities are integral to CTE when they meet the following standards:
- Are instructional strategies used to develop, improve, and expand occupational competencies related to particular Career and Technical Education subject matter and increase the relevance of the instruction.
- Are an extension of the classroom/laboratory instructional program that enriches and enhances classroom/laboratory learning.
- Present organized activities for students to gain personal and leadership skills making them more employable, preparing them to become productive citizens, and assisting them in assuming positive roles in the home and community.
- Demonstrate goals and purposes that parallel the philosophy of Career and Technical Education and the subject matter (or program area) that the organization reinforces, and are compatible to the overall purpose and objectives of Career and Technical Education today.
- Provide training and realistic learning experiences in an organized educational program that is directly related to the preparation of individuals for employment in careers and preparation for their role as family members.
Integrated career and technical student organization activities make Career and Technical Education teaching more effective by providing valuable experiences in group dynamics that enable students to accept themselves within the total group situation. Career and technical student organization activities can also provide for the development of leadership, development of dignity of all occupations, promotion of standards of excellence, encouragement of broader educational experiences, and encouragement of cooperative efforts. In addition, career and technical student organizations can provide motivation toward the development of technical skills through the use of techniques such as competitive events, recognition events, and awards programs.
When implemented properly, a career and technical student organization can be a positive force for the following:
- Increase program enrollments.
- Gain maximum program visibility.
- Involve employers from business and industry.
- Secure commitment from important support groups.
- Motivate Career and Technical Education students and instructors to high levels of personal and group performance.
- Recognize excellence.
- Provide the means by which personal and career goals become realities for Career and Technical Education students.
The CTE classroom and curriculum can become energized by providing a career and technical student organization chapter in which students can develop, practice, and refine skills that distinguish them from others in the workforce. The mission of Career and Technical Education and career and technical student organizations is to provide students with the very best preparation available to enhance their job performance and competitiveness in their chosen profession. Our CTSOs include (these vary by school, not every school has every CTSO):
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Future Farmers of America (FFA)
- National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
- Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
- Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Vex Robotics Team