Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) integrate into Career and Technical Education programs and courses across the country. CTSOs extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the middle/high school, state and national levels. CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness. CTSOs are authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.
Note to teachers: Perkins funding may be available to support participation in CTSO's. For more information on how to request funding, see the Perkins Information page on the CTE website.
Business Professionals of America
BPA is the premier Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, office administration and other related career fields.
HOSA-Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA is 100 percent healthcare.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation's classrooms.
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Technology Student Association (TSA) provides leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through co-curricular programs.