Student Organizations

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    The term career and technical student organization means an organization for individuals enrolled in a career and technical education program that engages in career (USDOE) has endorsed Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) as a critical component of an effective Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Each CTSO has a state and national unit that aggregates the work and purposes of instruction in career and technical education at the local level.

    Business Professionals of America (BPA) – The mission of Business Professionals of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.   The organization is committed to developing the best possible career and technical education organization for students in the United States.

    The purposes of this organization are to provide opportunities for chapter members to develop leadership abilities through participation in career and technical education, civic, recreational, and social activities.  Members develop high standards in ethics, workmanship, and scholarship and gain the ability to plan together, organize, and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic processes. The organization fosters an understanding of the functions of labor, entrepreneurial, and management organizations in the American free enterprise system and practice practical applications of business education skills through competition.  The organization develops competent, assertive leaders in business education. 

    Texas FFA Association (FFA) – FFA is not extracurricular!  The program is part of a three-part model of education that consists of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences and the FFA.  Classroom agricultural education is applied to hands-on learning opportunities called supervised agricultural experiences, which include activities such as starting a business, working for an established company or working in production agriculture.  The FFA provides members the opportunity for leadership experience and career development while reinforcing agricultural education through competitions, scholarships and personal opportunities for involvement.

    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) -The Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, is an international Career and Technical Student Organization. FBLA is a non-profit organization of high school (FBLA), middle school (Middle Level), and college (PBL) students, as well as professional members (Professional division) who primarily help students transition to the business world. FBLA is the largest student-run business related organization in the world, with 212,513 members.  Local FBLA-PBL chapters are often connected to their school’s business education department.

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) - FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school, grades 7- 12.

    FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and social issues through family and consumer sciences education.  Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career exploration.  Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life--planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication--necessary in the home and workplace.

    Texas Association of Future Educators (T.A.F.E.) - Texas Association of Future Educators is a statewide non-profit (501c3) student organization that promotes careers in education to high school students.  The organization was created to provide students the opportunity to learn about the teaching profession, its opportunities, and responsibilities.  Students can explore their interests and abilities in relation to the various fields of teaching and cultivate the leadership qualities which are essential in good teachers. 

    Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) – HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership.  HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.  HOSA is 100% health care!

    Distributive Education Clubs of America, Texas Association (DECA)– Texas DECA is a national association of marketing education students, which provides teachers and members with educational and leadership development activities to merge with the education classroom instructional program.  By giving students hands-on experiences in the fields of marketing, management and entrepreneurship, DECA enhances the classroom by providing opportunities for members to attend conferences, competition and leadership training.  The experience provided by DECA builds character that will be utilized in all aspects of life. 

    Texas Technology Students Association (TSA) – Opportunities to apply leadership, social, civic, and technical skills are provided through the Technology Students Association (TSA).  An integral part of the instructional program, TSA assists students in the achievement of technologically related competencies in the areas of Communication, Construction, Engineering, Electronics, Design, Graphics, Manufacturing, and Research and Development.  The organization is an integral part of the Technology Education instructional program.  It is a nonprofit, non-political organization whose membership is composed of students who are or who have been enrolled in Technology Education courses, who are in good standing with school administration and faculty, and who are doing satisfactory work in all classes.

    SkillsUSA - SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.  It helps each student to excel.  SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupants.  SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). 

    Student Organizations/Competitions:

    Boosting Engineering, Science, & Technology (BEST) Robotics - science and engineering based robotics competition

    For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology (FIRST) Robotics - science and engineering based robotics competition

    ProStart - culinary competition sponsored bu the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation