Over 54,000 students participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). These dynamic organizations develop academic success through applied academics, promote choice and identification of career options and foster interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications human relations and social interactions. They also encourage excellence in scholarship, build character, promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism, endorse cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people and provide opportunities for state, national and international travel through internships, camps and leadership conferences. The eight Arizona CTSOs are DECA, Educators Rising, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and Thespians.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Arizona DECA has over 4,500 members. For information, contact Robert Waller, State Advisor, at (602) 542-5354 or go to www.azdeca.org.
Educators Rising Arizona (EdRising) is a student organization dedicated to ensuring that the future is full of high-quality educators starting in high school. EdRising has over 500 members. For information, contact Julie Ellis, interim State Advisor at (602) 542-5350 or go to www.edrisingaz.org.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world, with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields! FBLA is in over 170 schools in Arizona and has over 7,000 members. For information, contact Missey Boucher-Goodman, State Adviser (602) 364-2339 or go to www.azfbla.org.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) helps young people become leaders with student-directed learning in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) education in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Fashion & Interior Design, Hospitality Management. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities. Arizona FCCLA has over 3,500 members. For information, contact Andrew Kuntz (602) 542-3040 or go to www.azfccla.org.
“Future Farmers of America” (FFA) was founded to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways, including biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Arizona FFA has over 11,000 members. For information, contact Bethany Matos (602) 542-5564 or go to www.azffa.org.
Future Health Professionals (HOSA) is a student-led Career and Technical Student Organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for middle school, secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students interested in a career in healthcare. AzHOSA has over 10,000 members. For information, contact Sandra Oligny (602) 542-5770 or go to www.azhosa.org.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school, and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA Arizona has over 13,000 members. For more information, contact Daniel Kelly, (602) 542-5565 or go to www.azskillsusa.org.
Arizona Thespians is dedicated to promoting theatre education in our schools and community. Arizona Thespians has over 130 Thespian Troupes with over 3700 members. For more information, contact Jenell Riordan (480) 984-8947 or go to www.arizonathespians.com.