CTE Student Organizations
Career and Technical Education Student Organizations are an extension of the classroom instructional program that enriches and enhances student learning. They 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. CTE Student Organizations also participate in community service volunteer work.
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):
DECA (Association of Marketing Students)
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
SkillsUSA (Trade and Industrial Student Organization)
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
FFA (Future Farmers of America)
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
NTHS (National Technical Honor Society)
The National Technical Honor Society is open to students who have earned at least 3 CTE credits, and meet the standards and expectations listed below.
- Must have an overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and a CTE average of 3.5 or higher. The CTE average is the average of all CTE credits taken in high school.
- Need one or more faculty recommendation(s), one being the CTE teacher that last taught the student, and the principal’s approval.
- Must be involved in a Career & Technical Student Organization or related club approved by the advisor.
- Must complete 10 service hours per year, maintain academic average requirements, and remain free of school disciplinary infractions in order to earn an honor cord.
The Orange County School System offers a wide range of Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs including Agriculture; Business, Finance, & Marketing; Career Development; Computer Science & Information Technology; Family Consumer Sciences; Health Sciences; and Trade, Technology, Engineering, & Industrial Education. All middle schools offer exploratory CTE courses. Orange County CTE programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its activities and programs, including employment policies and practices.
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