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Career and Technical Student Organizations

Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are co-curricular organizations with leadership programs and competitive events that reflect current curriculum standards and competencies for the instructional programs they serve. Teachers infuse the CTSO's activities into the instructional activities, thereby helping students see the real-world value of their academic studies. 

CTSOs are a vital part of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education. They play an integral role in preparing students to become college- and career-ready members of society who hold productive leadership roles in their communities. CTSOs are committed to the growth of students in all CTAE career pathways.

Career and Technical Instruction

CTI provides meaningful leadership and employability experiences for students with disabilities through CTAE courses.

CTAE Programs: All CTAE Clusters and Pathways

2018-2019 Membership:
4,746

Distributive Education Club of America

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA’s core values and attributes are competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. These values are central to DECA’s mission and purpose in classrooms around the world.

CTAE Programs: Business Management and Administration, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, and Marketing

2018-2019 Membership:
12,357

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

FCCLA promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA focuses on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader. Members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, Interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

CTAE Programs: Culinary Arts, Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Services, Interior Design

2018-2019 Membership:
27,532

Future Business Leaders of America

FBLA brings business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

CTAE Programs: Administrative/Information, Computer Systems and Support, Financial Management-Accounting, Financial Management-Services, Interactive Media, Computer Networking, Small Business Development, and Support Computing

2018-2019 Membership:
23,572

Georgia FFA

The mission of the FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

CTAE Programs: Agribusiness Management, Agriscience, Agriculture Mechanics, Animal Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Plant Science and Horticulture, and Veterinary Science

2018-2019 Membership:
43,666

Georgia FIRST (FIRST)

Georgia FIRST's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

CTAE Programs: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

2018-2019 Membership:
1,383

Georgia SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

CTAE Programs: Architecture and Construction; Arts, AV/Technology and Communications; Human Services/Family and Consumer Sciences; Law, Public Safety; Corrections and Security; Manufacturing; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

2018-2019 Membership:
8,356

Georgia Technology Student Association

The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts through activities, competitive events, and programs integral to the curriculum.

CTAE Programs: Energy, Manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

2018-2019 Membership:
21,752

Health Occupations Students of America

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science technology education students, by helping students meet the needs of the health care community.

CTAE Programs: Health Science

2018-2019 Membership:
13,172