Student Leadership / CTSO

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

There are over 40,000 students who participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). These dynamic organizations develop academic success through applied academics, promote choice and identification of career options and foster interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications human relations and social interactions. They also encourage excellence in scholarship, build character, promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism, endorse cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people and provide opportunities for state, national and international travel through internships, camps and leadership conferences. The eight Washington CTSO’s are DECA, FFA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA), SkillsUSA, Technology Student Association (TSA), and Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA).

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) connects you to the world of marketing and business outside the classroom. DECA members are teamed with business professionals for job shadowing and mentoring programs to give you an enormous head start on your career. Run your school store, work on marketing project teams, and become involved in civic activities that make a difference in your community.

  • Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Adam Inman

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Future Farmers of America (FFA) provides challenging coursework and hands-on experiences in agriculture education classes ranging from Animal Science and Principles of Technology to Floriculture and Greenhouse Management. After 75 years, the Washington FFA Association and its partners have continued to support leadership programs and career development events that encourage members to become lifelong learners who are prepared, committed and hardworking.

  • Gates & Washington High School, Advisor: Matt Price

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) travel with friends to events and competitions; practice and test your skills in local, state and national competition; and learn how to lead. These are the benefits to the students served by FCCLA. Their career interests are in education, food, hospitality, interior decorating, and textiles (sewing, fashion). FCCLA focuses on the roles of family member, wage earner and community leader. Members develop skills for life including; character development, creative and critical thinking, and interpersonal communication.

  • Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Tess Koning
  • Washington High School, Advisor: Marnie Patton

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) gives students a professional edge, current professional information and valuable connections to business and industry partners. Gain leadership skills by planning and participating in community service, developing speaking and presentation skills, attending conferences and networking.

HOSA Future Health Professionals

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national organization for students exploring health care careers. Students gain leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of Health Science Education instructional program. Students attend conferences and participate in competitive events and network with peers and health care industry partners.

  • Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Aimee Marubayashi
  • Washington High School, Advisor: Chris Caseman

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national organization for students exploring trade, industrial, technical health and service-related careers. Areas of competition include architectural drafting, construction, carpentry computer programming, web design and nurse assisting. This organization promotes superior work skills, life-long education, leadership, teamwork, citizenship and community service among its student members. It also strives to build and reinforce self-confidence, work ethic and communication skills.

  • Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Jeff Kurbis
  • Washington High School, Advisor: Wayne Ward

Technology Student Association (TSA)

Technology Student Association (TSA) is for careers in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, film/video production, graphic arts or other technical areas? TSA is the only student leadership organization devoted exclusively to students interested in technology. Learn through exciting competitive events and leadership opportunities. From engineers to business managers, alumni credit TSA with having had a positive influence on their lives.

Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA)

Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA) helps you network with professionals, gain career and college readiness skills in sports medicine and related careers, and learn how to help others develop, grow and succeed on and off the field. WCTSMA is dedicated to ensuring high-quality athletic medicine and healthcare at middle and high schools, and to raising awareness about health quality among school administrators, coaches, athletes, students and the general public.

  • Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Tiffany Disney

Equivalent CTE Clubs

Equivalent clubs are Career and Technical Education (CTE) clubs that don't fall under the eight recognized student organizations in Washington state but also offer student leadership skill development. Leadership skills empower each student to assume responsible roles in family, community, and business and industry environments. Activities of an equivalent club place emphasis on personal and group activities that improve life skills and align with 21st Century Leadership skills, encourage students to work together, and include cooperative activities with other groups that make the community a better place to live and work. 

  • AFJROTC Club - Washington High School, Advisor: Brian Riggle
  • ASL Club - Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Tobi Bernth
  • ASL Club - Washington High School, Advisor: Chad Henry
  • Film Production Club - Washington High School, Advisor: Chris Tumbusch
  • First Lego League - Ford Middle School, Advisor: Kimberly Ketchum
  • Key Club - Gates High School, Advisor: Abigail Smith
  • Mural Club - Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Siri Kaunda
  • Screen Printing Club - Washington High School, Advisor: Lucas Lundgren
  • Robotics Club - Franklin Pierce High School, Advisor: Hannah Brown
  • Robotics Club - Washington High School, Advisor: Wayne Ward