Career Opportunities for High School Students


Career & Technical Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) develop citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for students who are preparing for the workforce and further education. They enhance students’ civic awareness and provide opportunities for developing social competencies and a wholesome attitude about living and working. CTSOs provide a unique instructional method for attaining the competency goals and objectives identified in each course. Their activities are considered a part of the instructional day when they are directly related to the competencies and objectives in course blueprints.

A Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) is an integral part of each program area’s curriculum.

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration and entrepreneurship.  DECA provides recognition and leadership activities directly related to attainment of specific occupational and leadership skills.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit organization of dynamic young people.  The organization works in conjunction with Business Education to enhance the learning experience of students through competitive events, leadership development and scholarship.

It is well established that today’s students learn best through hands-on, meaningful experiences. The Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) youth leadership organization – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) – complete your FCS program by providing these experiences.  FCCLA provides the information, support and ready-to-use materials you need to integrate youth leadership and student-directed learning into your FCS classes.

Educators Rising Arizona is the student organization for Education Professions program that focuses on providing high school “Aspiring Teachers” opportunities for personal and professional development.  We have over 65 programs across the state that actively engages students in activities and experiences that will equip them for a career in Education.  We host two state conferences that provide excellent training and exposure to top professionals in the field of education as well as partner with ASU for the ERA/ASU Hunnicutt Academy.  This camp is held each summer on ASU campus and provides training, activities, and opportunities for students to  create “the School of the Future”.  Educators Rising continues to expand to more high schools each year as we aspire to meet the tremendous demand for teachers in the future.

The FFA is a national organization of students enrolled in agricultural education in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  It was organized in November 1928, and is an integral part of the curriculum in agricultural education in the public schools.  All students in these programs receive instruction in personal leadership growth and development which can best be achieved through the FFA.
Through active participation in the FFA, members learn by taking part in and conducting meetings, speaking in public, participating in contests based on occupational skills, earning awards and recognition and becoming involved in cooperative efforts and community improvement.  The FFA offers opportunities for becoming productive citizens in our democracy.  FFA members believe in leadership, citizenship, and patriotism.  They believe in free enterprise-freedom under the law-in making their homes, schools, and communities better places in which to live and work.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a student-led career and Technical Student Organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry.  HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, post secondary, adult, and collegiate students interested in a career in health care.  HOSA helps build the confidence of students in themselves and their work by providing opportunities to assume responsibilities and by developing personal and occupational competencies and social skills that lead to realistic choices of careers and successful employment in the health care field.

HOSA supports teachers activities that promote HOSA, in the educational environment; helps develop relationships with professional health care organizations, industry and businesses and recognizes individual achievement in scholarship, skills and services by providing recognition and awards.

Each year HOSA sponsors a Fall Leadership Conference and a State Competition at which student members elect the state officers.  Students that win at the state competitions have an opportunity to advance to the National Leadership Conference.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  WE help each student to excel.  SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs.  SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development by building and reinforcing self-confdence, work attitudes and communications skills.  SkillsUSA emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.  SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.