CTE Student Organizations 

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Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and other co-curricular activities offered in DC public schools give you the opportunity to build skills and knowledge related to your chosen field; take part in state, regional and national competitions; network with other students who share your interests; take leadership positions; and make contact with career mentors, employers and other professionals. Here is a quick look at examples of the many CTSOs available throughout DCPS.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, helping more than 215,000 high school students prepare for careers in business and business-related fields. The FBLA awards program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business- and career-related areas. As a member of FBLA, you can build confidence, skills and knowledge of ethical business practices through projects, workshops and leadership programs.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 

HOSA’s mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development among all health science technology students. It gives you the chance to network with peers and health care professionals at local, state and national events; test your skills in HOSA competitions; and become eligible for numerous scholarships.


ProStart, developed by the National Restaurant Association, is the career-building program for high school students who are interested in Culinary Arts and food service management. Over two years, you can participate in classroom study, work experiences with mentors and local and national competitions. ProStart involves approximately 80,000 student participants in more than 1,650 schools across 47 states, territories and districts.

SkillsUSA (association for students in technical, skilled and service careers) 

SkillsUSA provides co-curricular activity opportunities that help you develop academic and technical skills, while encouraging you to become a better citizen. You can participate in competitions requiring high-order thinking skills such as problem solving, synthesis and critical and reflective thinking. Through SkillsUSA service projects, you put your education into action building playgrounds, parks and other structures that benefit your community.

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