Career Tech Student Organizations


Many students have an opportunity to participate in a Career Tech Student Organization (CTSO). These organizations primarily host competitions among students.  All of these organizations host  regional, state, and national competitions.  However, not all programs or districts attend the national competitions.  Districts and programs may choose at any time to cease participation due to budgetary constraints or for other reasons.  Students and parents should contact the program instructor to find out if the program participates in a CTSO.


We participate in the following CTSOs.  Programs associated with each are listed next to them.



Health Occupation Student Association  (HOSA)  

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an organization for students interested in career opportunities within the health care industry.  HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for students enrolled in a health science program.

  • Advancement to Nursing

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is a co-curricular club associated with Markerting Education.  It is designed to promote career awareness and study, interpersonal skills, and civic consciousness through competition, club events, field trips and seminars that the students attend.
  • Marketing (Barberton, Copley & Wadsworth)

Business Professionals of America(BPA)

Business Professionals of America is a youth club for students enrolled in business occupations.  The club sponsors competitions which recognize achievement and high-level competencies.

This organization provides the opportunity for the development leadership skills, personal and professional growth, and career-related competencies.

  • Business Management (Barberton)



SkillsUSA (Formerally VICA)

SkillsUSA is a state and national organization to develop leadership and realistic career goals and to foster an understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.
  • Advancement to Nursing
  • Masonry
  • Criminal Science Technology
  • Engineering Design and Technology
  • Programming, Design & Robotics