Join a Georgia Career and Technical Student Organization
More than 120,000 Georgia students in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities participate in career and technical student organizations (CTSOs). These groups expand your opportunities to develop leadership and work skills in your field of interest. Many offer scholarships and competitions that give you opportunities to test your abilities and earn recognition for your efforts. The following are brief descriptions of CTSOs and their Web addresses.
Career and Technical Instruction
The Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) program is designed to support students with disabilities who are enrolled in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses. The program offers a leadership conference and a recognition program for students who show the greatest improvement in career and work adjustment skills.
DECA is an international association of high school and college marketing students who study marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and Marketing, Sales, and Services. Members participate in competitive events to hone their marketing and business skills and earn recognition with the opportunity to compete locally, regionally, statewide, and internationally.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
FCCLA offers more than 19,000 Georgia members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life (planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication) necessary in the home and workplace. FCCLA helps young men and women become leaders and addresses important personal, family, work, and societal issues through family and consumer science education.
Future Business Leaders of America
An organization for business students in middle and high school, FBLA gives students opportunities to develop leadership and career skills while preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Through its various projects and competitive events program, FBLA provides leadership development training for its members to become successful leaders in schools, communities, and future careers.
Georgia Career Student Association
The purpose of GCSA is to produce wellrounded individuals who are confident of their abilities and ready to take on the challenges of the working world. The program includes coordinated career academic education and a project success program through which students can sharpen their leadership and employment skills.
Georgia FFA Association
Georgia FFA ranks in the top five for membership in the nation. Members develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. Today’s FFA encompasses more than 300 careers in everything from agriscience to biotechnology to turf grass management.
Georgia Health Occupations Students of America
HOSA’s mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all Health Care Science students. Members attend leadership conferences featuring competition in nearly 50 healthcare-related skills.
Georgia Technology Student Association
Georgia Technology Student Association (GA TSA) provides technology students with opportunities to excel and advance by encouraging them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and technologically literate leaders. Members participate in co-curricular activities with the Engineering and Technology program to develop communication, leadership, and competitive skills.
SkillsUSA Georgia members participate in local, state, and national activities sponsored by Architecture, Construction, Communication, and Transportation, and Health Care Science courses and programs. Members develop leadership and workplace skills and earn recognition through activities, conferences, and competitions. More than 6,000 SkillsUSA Georgia members compete in some 70 contests offered at the regional and state level and culminating in the SkillsUSA Championships.