Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

A student who wishes to participate in any extra-curricular CTSO activity must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the organization, which involves completing an application and paying dues.

Educators Rising ​is a national CTSO that cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a career path that begins in high school and extends through college into the teaching profession.

Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)​​ is a national CTSO organization for students in family and consumer science courses in public and private schools through grade 12. This organization is an essential part of instruction in family and career education with an overall goal to help individuals improve personal, family and community living, to contribute to employability, and develop leadership ability.

Baking & Pastry Arts
Child Development

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) ​at the Tech Center is an extension of the national CTSO program for college and university students. The purpose of FBLA is to provide incentive, guidance, and opportunities for students to make wise career decisions based on knowledge, experience and association with professionals in the field. In addition, FBLA sponsors field trips, guest speakers and other activities for member students.

Computer Networking
Medical Administration

Future Farmers of America (FFA)​ is the national CTSO of, by, and for agriculture/agribusiness students. Since the founding of the organization in 1928, it has been an important part of the public school program. Through its activities, FFA encourages entrepreneurship, helps students gain employability skills, and develops responsible citizens by preparing them to accept leadership roles.

Environmental Biotechnologies
Plant Systems & Floriculture
Veterinary Science

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) ​is a national CTSO for secondary and post-secondary health occupations students. Through HOSA activities, the local, state and national organizations promote and encourage the development of leadership abilities, citizenship responsibilities, personal growth, and health career awareness and competencies. Membership in HOSA is open to all students enrolled in health occupation courses.

Dental Occupations
Emergency Medical Technician
Nurse Aide
Medical Assistant
Physical & Occupational Therapy
Veterinary Science

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)​ is a national CTSO dedicated to recognizing and honoring outstanding student-citizens who have excelled in a CTE program. To be eligible for membership, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a minimum “B” average in their course at the The Center. Students must also meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 20 hours or more of community service;
  • Have no office referrals or suspensions;
  • Be an active member in a CTSO associated with a CCTC course and/or other service or student government organization;​
  • Receive one or more faculty recommendations.


SkillsUSA​ is a national CTSO for individuals involved in secondary and post-secondary CTE education. This includes students in trade, industrial and technical courses that are career and occupationally oriented. There is one SkillsUSA chapter at CCTC with separate divisions for each class-meeting day.

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish
Automotive Technology
Baking & Pastry Arts
Commercial Photography
Culinary Arts
Criminal Justice
Digital Arts
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Nail Technician
Plumbing & Pipefitting
Precision Machining Technology

Technology Student Association (TSA) ​​is a national CTSO that fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); members apply these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

CTSOs provide students an opportunity to grow professionally and network at the local, state, and national levels. Students will acquire leadership experiences with academic, technical, and employability skills necessary in today’s work force through the network of programs, business, and community partnerships.

CTSO Letter of Support
“CTSOs prepare students for individual and group leadership responsibilities to the family, school, community, state and nation.” – James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction

(Source: https://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/ctso/index.shtml) VDOE

Benefits of CTSO’s include:
  • Provides a hand-on approach to learning
  • Refines career objectives through realistic experiences
  • Promotes awareness of new career opportunities
  • Develops skills and responsibilities for being a role model and mentor
  • Cultivates social development and awareness
  • Develops a sense of community and volunteerism
  • Develops an appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity
  • Improves communication and decision making skills
  • Provides for personal development
  • Develops interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Develops responsibility and self-confidence
  • Provides opportunities for recognition