The FFA Association is the oldest career and technical student organization. Organized in 1928, the FFA is an integral part of the program of agricultural education in the public schools. FFA strengthens instruction for students of agricultural education by providing a laboratory for practical training in agriculture, leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.
Through active participation in the FFA, members learn by taking part in and conducting meetings, speaking in public, participating in events based on occupational skills, earning awards and recognition, and becoming involved in cooperative efforts and community improvement. As new technologies and new job opportunities emerge, so will the need for well-trained and educated people. Getting involved in high school agriculture and the FFA is the first step to a bright future in agriculture.
SkilllsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by preparing students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations including health occupations and for further education. The SkillsUSA Maryland Association is one of the nation's strongest with members striving for self-improvement through scholarship, citizenship, and participation in school and community activities.
The national SkillsUSA organization was founded in 1965 with the purposes of fostering a respect for the dignity of work, establishing realistic career goals, creating enthusiasm for learning, and helping students obtain full and rewarding lives. SkillsUSA also promotes high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship, leadership, and safety.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
Policies & Procedures for Implementing Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in Maryland
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