CTE Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations


The United States Department of Education (USDE) recognizes the value of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) and their place as an integral part of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The State of Texas and the Texas Education Code also recognizes the value of career and technical student organizations by emphasizing the importance of “participation by students and teachers in activities of career and technical student organizations supported by the agency and the State Board of Education (Sec. 29.182).”

Sharyland ISD encourages all CTE students to become involved in one or more CTSOs to foster collaboration, leadership development, and healthy competition.


Sharyland ISD Career and Technical Student Organizations


Business Professionals of America has a history as a student organization that contributes to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. Through co-curricular programs and services, members of Business Professionals of America compete in demonstrations of their business technology skills, develop their professional and leadership skills, network with one another and professionals across the nation, and get involved in the betterment of their community through good works projects.


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. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem-solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication -- all necessary in the home and workplace.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel in leadership skills, technical and engineering skills, and occupationally related skills in 12 of the 16 career cluster areas. All students in Career and Technical Education programs are eligible for membership.


The Texas Association of Future Educators or TAFE (pronounced "taffy") is a co-curricular statewide student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created in 1984 to provide students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education.

Texas Public Service Association (TPSA) is a co-curricular non-profit student organization across the state of Texas that provides Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security students with knowledge, skills, leadership, and student growth through real world career preparation, experience, training, and competition opportunities.  TPSA focuses in expanding the knowledge of current students enrolled in the Law Public Safety Corrections and Security (LPSCS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) career cluster.