Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) - FBLA, SkillsUSA or TSA

CTE Student Leadership Organizations

Student leadership organizations were established with the commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young people. In addition to offering a wide variety of specific career and technical training, CTE integrates student leadership elements, which complements student participation in these courses and programs. The term ”Career and Technical Student Organizations” (CTSOs) means an organization for individuals enrolled in a career and technical education program that engages in leadership activities as an integral part of the instructional program.

IT students who want to participate in a leadership organization choose between the following organizations, depending on what is available at their school:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • SkillsUSA
  • Technology Student Association (TSA)

FBLA—Future Business Leaders of America

FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job Interview to Parliamentary Procedures.

Duke Di Stefano  
State Advisor | E-mail  
Websites: National FBLA | Utah FBLA



SkillsUSA—An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students

SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Richard Wittwer
State Advisor | E-mail
Websites: National SkillsUSA | Utah SkillsUSA




  • Utah has over 1,439 SkillsUSA members in 71 chapters.

TSA—Technology Student Association

TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes in grades K-12. Students participate in chapter fund-raising activities and community service projects. Leadership training is offered to student officers at the local, state, or national levels.

Mike Smoot
State Advisor | E-mail
Websites: National TSA  | Utah TSA