Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) align with the sixteen career clusters. Students involved in these organizations gain hands-on and real world work experience that supplements what they learn in the classroom. Members also have opportunities to develop leadership skills, participate in competitive events and network with fellow students and industry partners. According to the Career Technical Leadership Project (CTLP), students who participate in CTSOs demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement and motivation, civic engagement, career self-efficacy and employability skills.
The Career Technical Leadership Project (CTLP) manages six of the eight CTSOs in the state of New Mexico: Business Professionals of America (BPA), DECA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), HOSA—Future Health Professionals, SkillsUSA, and Technology Students Association (TSA). These organizations engage student members in career and technical education activities as an integral part of the instruction program to meet the needs of a well-trained workforce for the 21st century. CTLP also promotes leadership to ensure that New Mexico students have opportunities to develop essential skills to become successful employees in a competitive economy, while highlighting the following focus areas:
- Increased and supported membership in Career Technical Student Organizations.
- Purposeful, multilayered, and responsive professional development for advisors and students.
- Ongoing connections and collaboration to meet the needs of business and industry.
Career Technical Student Organizations
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession.
New Mexico State University/EdRising
Box 30001 MSC 3AC
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.
HOSA – Future Health Professionals is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care.
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is an integral part of agricultural education in New Mexico and across the country.
New Mexico FFA Association
PO Box 30003, MSC FFA, NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: (575) 646-3036
SkillsUSASkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).