Career and Technology Student Organizations(CTSO) provide additional tools to prepare students for college and career success. These organizations are designed to be an integral part of the instructional program. By directly integrating into Career and Technology Education programs of study, CTSOs extend teaching and learning through various programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the local, state and national levels. There are four CTSOs in Maryland. Click on the logos below for more information.
The purpose of DECA is to develop occupational competencies in the field of marketing and management, and to promote understanding and appreciation of our free enterprise system.
DECA, organized at the national level in 1947, is a tool used by a teacher-coordinator to motivate, inspire, teach, and recognize young people in unique ways. It complements the marketing education classroom instruction and work experiences. DECA's activities focus on competition at the local, state, and national levels in specific occupational skills, leadership development and management training. DECA also offers many opportunities for young people to develop leadership qualities in a student-directed organization.
Developing strong, aggressive leadership in America's future business men and women is the primary objective of the Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL). FBLA is the national career technology student organization for secondary students, and PBL is for postsecondary/collegiate students who are studying business and exploring careers in the business world.
Organized on the national level in 1941, FBLA/PBL members learn to compete honorably with fellow students who share similar goals. They learn to engage in individual and group enterprises, and to lead others and direct a group. Members develop their leadership, human relations, communications and business skills by working on projects that put them in touch with the business community. Members are provided the opportunity to test the skills that they have developed in the classroom and through FBLA in a wide range of competitive events.
The National FFA Organization is the oldest career technology student organization. Organized in 1928, the FFA is an integral part of the program of agricultural education in the public schools. FFA strengthens instruction for students of agricultural education by providing a laboratory for practical training in agriculture, leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.
Through active participation in FFA, members learn by taking part in and conducting meetings, speaking in public, participating in events based on occupational skills, earning awards and recognition, and becoming involved in cooperative efforts and community improvement. As new technologies and new job opportunities emerge, so will the need for well-trained and educated people. Getting involved in high school agriculture and FFA is the first step to a bright future in agriculture.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
As a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students, SkillsUSA prepares its members for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health science occupations. Formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Why Have A CTSO?
- STUDENT BENEFITS
- Develop essential Skills for Success such as Critial Thinking, Communication, Technology, and Interpersonal Skills
- Strengthen self-image through competitive skill events, leadership development workshops, and service projects
- Serve the communities and nation
- Gain a competitive edge in the workforce
- Interact with future employers
- TEACHER BENEFITS
- Enhance their academic and career technology education
- Increase student involvement in the curriculum
- Improve student attitudes toward learning in the classroom
- Involve local business and industry support and participation
- BUSINESS BENEFITS
- Gain direct involvement in the preparation of future employees
- Ensure that the education curriculum reflects current industry practices
- Support students, schools, and the community through scholarship opportunities
I believe in the future which I am planning for myself in the field of marketing and management, and in the opportunities which my vocation offers.
I believe in fulfilling the highest measure of service to my vocation, my fellow beings, my country and my God so that by so doing, I will be rewarded with personal satisfaction and material wealth.
I believe in the democratic philosophies of private enterprise and competition and in the freedoms of this nation so that these philosophies allow for the fullest development of my individual abilities.
I believe that by doing my best to live according to these high principles, I will be of greater service both to myself and to mankind.
I believe education is the right of every person.
I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family and educational institutions, as well as people around the world. I agree to do my utmost to bring about understanding and cooperation among all of these groups.
I believe every person should prepare for a useful occupation and carry on that occupation in a manner that brings the greatest good to the greatest number.
I believe every person should actively work toward improving social, political, community and family life.
I believe every person has the right to earn a living at a useful occupation.
I believe every person should take responsibility for carrying out assigned tasks in a manner that brings credit to self, associates, school and community.
I believe I have the responsibility to work efficiently and to think clearly. I promise to use my abilities to make the world a better place for everyone.
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
I believe in the dignity of work.
I hold that society has advanced to its present culture through the use of the worker's hands and mind. I will maintain a feeling of humbleness for the knowledge and skills that I receive from professionals, and I will conduct myself with dignity in the work I do.
I believe in the American way of life.
I know our culture is the result of freedom of action and opportunities won by the founders of our American republic, and I will uphold their ideals.
I believe in education.
I will endeavor to make the best use of knowledge, skills and experience that I will learn in order that I may be a better worker in my chosen occupation and a better citizen in my community. To this end, I will continue my learning now and in the future.
I believe in fair play.
I will, through honesty and fair play, respect the rights of others. I will always conduct myself in the manner of the best professionals in my occupation and treat those with whom I work as I would like to be treated.
I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work.
I feel that compensation and personal satisfaction received for my work and services will be in proportion to my creative and productive ability.
I believe in high moral and spiritual standards.
I will endeavor to conduct myself in such a manner as to set an example for others by living a wholesome life and by fulfilling my responsibilities as a citizen of my community.