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CTE Student Leadership


*please note this list is not exhaustive – it is a small compilation of suggestions as to where to access supplemental CTE materials

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Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a national, cocurricular, career/technical organization for students in middle school, high school, and college business and technology programs. Students compete at the regional, state, and national levels in more than 60 Workplace Skills Assessment Program events, engage in community and leadership service activities, and meet business students across the state and country through participation in our programs.


With nearly 4,000 members, the Michigan Association is the leading state at the national level, with the most national winners of any BPA state for more than 20 years. Our alumni go on to do great things: leading their industry, advocating for others, and achieving educational success. In conjunction with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the state, we help prepare today's students to become tomorrow's business professionals.

DECA is a high energy organization designed to prepare students to be college and career ready upon graduation.  DECA has more than 225,000 members in 5,000 high school chapters from all 50 states and from nine countries.  Students gain experience through interactive classroom activities and by attending DECA Conferences throughout the school year. 


DECA members can begin their experience as early as the ninth grade by enrolling in a marketing, finance, hospitality, business management or entrepreneurship course. They can retain their membership in DECA as long as they are actively pursuing courses in one of the content areas. As part of a high school chapter, DECA members are invited to take full advantage of DECA activities while preparing themselves to be college and career ready upon graduation.


Interested high school students should contact their marketing education teacher to join their school’s DECA chapter.  If there is not a DECA chapter at the school, the teacher should contact the Michigan DECA office for assistance with establishing a chapter.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the Ultimate Leadership Experience, is the career & technical student organization for family & consumer science education, early childhood education and the teacher cadet programs in Michigan.

FCCLA is 72 years old, beginning in 1945 as the Future Homemakers of America and New Homemakers of America, then adding Home Economics Related Occupations. Today we are known as the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA.

FCCLA's programs provide relevant, real-world experience and unparalleled leadership opportunities to the Family & Consumer Sciences, Early Childhood and Teacher Cadet curricula.

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.

Michigan HOSA is for future health professionals.  HOSA exists to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of high school, post-secondary and middle school students interested in healthcare.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.


SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

The Lead4Change Student Leadership Program is a leadership curriculum with a framework for community service.  These innovative leadership lessons are integrated easily into any subject area and all class or club settings. Designed to teach 6th – 12th graders how to lead and serve, the Lead4Change program is privately funded and available AT NO COST to educators and youth club advisers.