Student Organizations

Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) recognize and promote the concept of well-rounded students as being essential for all students in order for them to assume successful roles in society and in the labor market. In general, CTSOs help to improve the quality and relevance of classroom instruction, develop student leadership, enhance citizenship responsibilities, and serve students of special populations. As such, each CTSO must support a career cluster.

Currently, the department recognizes the following seven CTSOs that support career and technical education programs in Tennessee:​

DECA - Marketing, Finance, Hospitality & Management Student Organization

Career Clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Marketing

FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America

Career Clusters:

  • Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing

FCCLA - Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Career Clusters:

  • Architecture & Construction (Interior Design Program of Study)
  • Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications (Fashion Design Program of Study)
  • Education & Training
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services

FFA - National FFA Organization

Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

HOSA - Future Health Professionals

Career Clusters:

  • Health Science

SkillsUSA

Career Clusters:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications
  • Education & Training
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism (Culinary Arts POS)
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

TSA  - Technology Student Association

Career Clusters:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications
  • Information Technology
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)

Schools that wish to offer an alternative CTSO, equivalent to the department-supported CTSOs outlined above, a Proposal for Substitution of a Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Form must be submitted for consideration.