Career & Technical Student Organizations
– Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction (Read letter of support)
CTSOs enhance Career and Technical Education in Virginia through the co-curricular network of programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state, and national levels. Virginia students enrolled in career and technical education courses are members of the local CTSO related to their courses and area of interest and are provided with opportunities to apply academic, technical and employability knowledge and skills necessary in today’s work force.
Each of these CTSOs attracts students from different CTE curriculum areas. CTSOs extend Career and Technical Education in Virginia through networks of programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels and provide Virginia students with opportunities to apply academic, technical and employability knowledge and skills necessary in today’s work force. Just over 67,000 Virginia students are served through DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, Educators Rising, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA and TSA.
Virginia DECA Organization
Prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
2016-2017 membership: 12,994
State Conference: March 2-4, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA
National Conference: April 21-24, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia
National DECA Website
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Virginia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Prepares students for leadership and careers in business through business-related education and entrepreneurial skill development, community service and partnerships with the professional sector.
2016-2017 membership: 10,295
FBLA State Conference: April 13-14, 2018, Reston, VA
FBLA National Conference: June 28 – July 1, 2018, Baltimore, MD
PBL State Conference: To Be Determined
PBL National Conference: July 23-26, 2018, Baltimore, MD
National FBLA/PBL Website
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Provides opportunities for students to prepare for multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader as they develop skills for life through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
2016-2017 membership: 7,808
State Conference: April 13-15, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA
National Conference: June 28 – July 2, 2018, Atlanta, GA
National FCCLA Website
Virginia FFA Organization
Makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education that reflects a diversity of careers in food, fiber, and natural resources industries.
2016-2017 membership: 8,838
State Convention: June 18-21, 2018, Blacksburg, VA
National Convention: October 25-28, 2017, Indianapolis, IN
National FFA Website
Educators Rising (formerly known as Future Educators Association – FEA)
Provides high school students opportunities to explore teaching as a career option. It helps students gain a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of the teacher.
2016-2017 membership: 2,116
State Conference: March 3, 2018, Woodbridge, VA
Guidelines for Leading the Educators Rising – Virginia State Conference (PDF)
National Conference: June 21-24, 2018, Orlando, FL
Educators Rising Website
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Promotes career opportunities in the health care industry to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
2016-2017 membership: 3,475
State Conference: March 16-18, 2018, Williamsburg, VA
National Conference: June 20-23, 2018, Dallas, TX
National HOSA Website
SkillsUSA- Champions at Work
SkillsUSA- Champions at Work
A partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure Virginia and America have a skilled work force.
2016-2017 membership: 10,365
State Conference: April 20-21, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA
National Conference: June 25-29, 2018, Louisville, KY
National SkillsUSA Website
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA)
Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs.
2016-2017 membership: 9,119
State Conference: May 4-6, 2018, Hampton, VA
National Conference: July 22-26, 2018, Atlanta, GA
National TSA Website