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Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

Pennsylvania coordinates eight student organizations that provide career awareness, leadership, motivation, and recognition for career related skills. The career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are an extension of the classroom instructional program by integrating academics and career and technical skills into real work experiences.

  • State Conference Calendar (PDF)
  • CTSOs Flyer (PDF)
  • CTSO Guidelines Booklet (PDF) - The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 provides funding for career and technical education through fiscal year 2012. The Act specifies required and permissible uses of these funds for CTSO activities at the local and state levels.

For Additional Information on CTSOs:
Del Hart, 717.783.6964, dehart@pa.gov

DECA - An Association of Marketing Students

DECA enhances marketing, management, and entrepreneurship education. Students develop skills and competencies for careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership, and practice community service. DECA promotes the partnership of education and business.

For Additional Information on DECA:
LaVerne Dixon, DECA Facilitator
717.787.6026, lavdixon@pa.gov

FBLA - 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.

PA Future Business Leaders of America (state website) 

Future Business Leaders of America (national website)

For Additional Information on FBLA:
Del Hart, 717.783.6964, dehart@pa.gov

FCCLA - Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

FCCLA builds strong leaders and addresses important personal, family, work, and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. 

For Additional Information on FCCLA:
Nadine Standley, FCCLA Facilitator
717.783.6952, nstandley@pa.gov

FFA - An Association of Agriculture Education Students

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

For Additional Information on FFA:
Clifford Day
717.783.6953, clday@pa.gov

HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America

HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care to help students meet the needs of the health care community. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science technology instructors and students to affiliate and be actively involved in the HOSA-HSTE (Health Science Technology Education) Partnership and serve as a major pipeline of health care professionals in the future.

For Additional Information on HOSA:
Esther Brown, Health Science Program Sp.
717.783.6951, ebrown@pa.gov

PYFA - Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association

PYFA educates students by promoting the environmentally appropriate production, marketing, and processing of food, feed, and fiber.

For Additional Information on PYFA:
Clifford Day
717.783.6953, clday@pa.gov

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory, and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.

Jeri Widdowson, Executive Director
SkillsUSA Pennsylvania
507 Rear Marjorie Mae Street
State College, PA  16803-1682
(814) 238-0380 | FAX:  (814) 238-2680

For Additional Information on SkillsUSA:
Del Hart, 717.783.6964, dehart@pa.gov

TSA - Technology Student Association

The Technology Student Association (TSA) fosters science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering (TIDE). Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts for the challenges of a dynamic world through co-curricular activities, problem solving, competitive events, and related programs resulting in academic development and endless possibilities in our global society.

Future Conferences

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For Additional Information on TSA:
Dennis Gold, M.A., TSA Facilitator
717.783.6867, dgold@pa.gov