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Career Technical Student Organizations

There are 11 Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Industries they represent are:

  • Health (HOSA)
  • Business (Business Professionals of America and FBLA-PBL)
  • Marketing, Finance, Hospitality and Management (DECA)
  • Educators (Educators Rising)
  • Family, Career & Community Leaders (FCCLA)
  • The Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Agricultural Education (College:The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization and at the Secondary Level: FFA) and the National Young Farmer Educational Association
  • Technical, skilled and service occupations including Advanced Manufacturing (SkillsUSA)


The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of technology education students who are presently enrolled in, or have completed, technology education course. Our current focus is HOSA: Future Health Professionals and SkillsUSA.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA-Future Health Professionals is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE.

The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.

The goals that HOSA believes are vital to each member are:

  • To promote physical, mental and social well being.
  • To develop effective leadership qualities and skills.
  • To develop the ability to communicate more effectively with people.
  • To develop character.
  • To develop responsible citizenship traits.
  • To understand the importance of pleasing oneself as well as being of service to others.
  • To build self-confidence and pride in one's work.
  • To make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the health care field.
  • To develop an understanding of the importance in interacting and cooperating with other students and organizations.
  • To encourage individual and group achievement.
  • To develop an understanding of current health care issues, environmental concerns, and survival needs of the community, the nation and the world.
  • To encourage involvement in local, state and national health care and education projects.
  • To support Health Science Education instructional objectives.
  • To promote career opportunities in health care.

Worker checking and controlling robot arms in factorySkillsUSA

SkillsUSA serves more than 395,000 college, high school, and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

The purpose of SkillsUSA is:

  • To unite in a common bond all students enrolled in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education
  • To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational and social activities
  • To foster a deep respect for the dignity of work
  • To assist students in establishing realistic vocational goals
  • To help students attain a purposeful life
  • To create enthusiasm for learning
  • To promote high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety
  • To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic proces
  • To foster a wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations and a recognition of their mutual interdependence
  • To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school and persons in business and labor a sincere interest in the esteem for trade, industrial, technical and health occupations
  • To develop patriotism through knowledge of our nation’s heritage and the practice of democracy

Diane is interested in starting a chapter at ATC, and needs 10 students and ideally a faculty member to do so. If you are interested, contact Diane.


If you are a business or hospitality major, DECA might be an organization you want to join as it helps prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

If you are interested in becoming a DECA member, watch the video to learn more.

If you are a high school student, taking business courses discuss with your school faculty to see if they are interested in becoming an advisor. Learn more about DECA at the high school level

Additional Resources

The Career Connections Center would like to share with you some websites that have some great information:

​Occupational Outlook Handbook - Profiles hundreds of occupations and describes what they do, work environment, how to become one, salary info and more.

USA Jobs - US government's site devoted to federal jobs and employment information.

Snag-a-Job - Dedicated to part-time and full-time hourly rate opportunities.

My Skills My Future - Designed to help you match your occupational skills and experiences with skills needed in other occupations. Good for Career Chngers.

CollegeGrad - Search and browse jobs by level, title, industry and location. Plus, get expert advice on all stages of the job search process.