SkillsUSA is an educational association for students enrolled in any of the CTE programs. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. The national organization promotes leadership, life-long learning, and dignity of work. The local chapter focuses on teamwork, character development through skills competitions and community service. Each spring selected students have the opportunity to compete against other New York State CTE students in their technical career area.
CTE Society for Acceptance
The CTE Society for Acceptance is a student-run club that focuses on promoting a positive school environment free of bullying and harassment. The society meets on a monthly basis and students may join on a voluntary basis. Students will work together to instill the Society’s guiding principles of promoting unity through education, embracing differences through equality and compassion, and develop a community that celebrates diversity. The club encourages College and Career Readiness by giving students an opportunity to develop cultural competency skills, impact school culture and community in a leadership role, build academic skills and new friendships, and also to work in an extended team environment.
The Future Educators Association is a national organization sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa, a national teaching fraternity. The primary purpose of FEA is to expose students who aspire to become educators to the responsibilities of classroom teachers. We provide opportunities to explore teaching as a career option by gaining a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of a teacher. FEA strives to promote excellence in students interested in the teaching profession by promoting academic achievement, developing a positive self-image and encouraging leadership responsibilities. The Orange-Ulster FEA has an agenda which involves working with local an national colleges, community organizations related to the education of children and the teachers of local school districts.
The primary purpose of the National FFA Organization (also known as Future Farmers of America) is to develop agriculture leadership, cooperation and citizenship. Students learn how to speak in public, conduct and take part in meetings, handle financial matters, solve their own problems and assume civic responsibility. Students elect their own officers and carry out activities with minimal supervision from their instructor, who serves as club advisor. Students participate in competitions and other award activities.
The Health Occupations Students of America is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.
The National Technical Honor Society recognizes, honors and encourages CTE students who excel at their career and technical studies and who possess good character and attitude. In order to qualify for nomination, a student must maintain a 95% average or better in CTE classes, have 6 or fewer absences by the end of the third quarter, no CTE or home school suspensions and be involved in school and/or community service. Students who meet the criteria and successfully complete the nomination and evaluation process are inducted in a formal candlelight ceremony each spring.