Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are a basic component of career and technical programs that provide students with skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career field. Students have the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels for the promotion of teamwork, occupational excellence, leadership and citizenship. Brevard County students actively participate in the seven (7) Career and Technical Student Organizations listed below:
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA is an organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns and offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential by developing skills for life-planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication necessary in the home and workplace.
Florida FCCLA website: http://www.flfccla.org
FCCLA National website: http://www.fcclainc.org
Florida Scholastic Press Association
FSPA represents more than 300 student publications, online media teams and broadcast programs throughout the state. The primary aim of our organization is to educate, train and support scholastic journalists and their advisers.
FSPA website: https://fspa.wildapricot.org/
SkillsUSA is an organization serving students enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations. By providing quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development, SKillsUSA prepares high performance workers with an emphasis on total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills and life-long education, not forgetting the understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. VICA programs iclude local, state and National competitions in which students demonstrate the occupational and leadership skills they are learning.
SkillsUSA National website: http://www.skillsusa.org
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
DECA's goal is to improve students' educational and career opportunities in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. The Club works with the business community to provide effective marketing education and to integrate academic achievement with career and technical skills by linking classroom instruction with internship experience for career success.
DECA Florida website: http://www.fldeca.org/
DECA National website: http://www.deca.org
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA is an association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The idea of bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs is addressed by encouraging members in the development of projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community. Strengthening the confidence of students in themselves and facilitating the transition from school to work is a major objective when assisting students in the establishment of their career paths.
Florida FBLA website: http://www.floridafbla-pbl.com/
FBLA National website: http://www.fbla.org
FPSA has been the organization of choice for the FLDOE to provide Leadership training, explore career opportunities in the field of Public Service and to host regional and state conferences for student members of FPSA. Students learn through demonstrating their skills in competitive events designed by career professionals in Public Service Education FPSA
Florida website: https://myfpsa.us/
Health Occupations Students of America
HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for students enrolled in health occupations education programs. The organization is committed to providing students with knowhow beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field by addressing the rapidly changing health care system needs. In addition to technical skills, students learn to play a leadership or participant role as a member of a health care team.
Florida HOSA website: http://www.flhosa.org
HOSA National website: http://www.hosa.org
Technology Student Association
TSA is an organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students with a dedicated interest in technology, assisted by a support system of educators, alumni, parents and business leaders who believe in the importance of a technologically literate society, providing members with exciting competitive events and leadership opportunities. The Florida Technology Student Association (FL-TSA) has a membership of 171 middle and high school chapters, affiliated with over 20,000 students.
Florida TSA website: http://www.floridatsa.com
TSA National website: http://www.tsaweb.org/
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.
Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.