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Future Farmers of America

Logo for Future Farmers of AmericaThe Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Since 1928, millions of agriculture students have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse.

Health Occupations Students of American

Logo for Health Occupations Students of AmericanHealth Occupations Students of American (HOSA) is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Occupations Education (HOE) Division of the American Vocational Association. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in the health occupations.

National Adult Education Honor Society

Logo for National Adult Education Honor SocietyFounded in 1991 by an adult education director to recognize the sacrifices and efforts of adult students in English Literacy, ABE, and GED classes. NAEHS now has members nationwide. The mission of NAEHS is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs, and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

To be eligible for membership in the NAEHS, a student must be enrolled in any adult English Literacy, Adult Basic Education, or GED class. The principal criteria for membership are as follows: the student must demonstrate dependable attendance by attending class regularly in spite of personal circumstances, the student must display a cooperative attitude toward others by working harmoniously with teachers and fellow students; the student must exhibit self-reliance by demonstrating personal initiative while performing school-related tasks as he/she progresses.

Students are inducted during a ceremony in which they receive a certificate and NAEHS pin. Students receive two letters of recommendation from NAEH National Headquarters: one for scholarship/financial aid and one for future employment.

National Technical Honor Society

Logo for National Technical Honor SocietyThe National Technical Honor Society (NHS) is an honors organization for students who achieve outstanding success in vocational-technical education. It is American's foremost scholastic honor for excellence in worforce education. Fewer than two percent of American's secondary and postsecondary students are nominated into this prestigious organization. The purpose of NTHS is to reward scholastic achievement; to promote ideals of honesty, service, leadership, and skill development among American's; and to encourage the practice of high standards of personal and professional conduct and individual responsibility among membership. Students are nominated by their instructors and recognized at a ceremony held for new members.


Logo for SkillsUSAThis is a national organization that serves trade, industrial and technical students and instructors. SkillsUSA is dedicated to developing a well-rounded education by enhancing leadership citizenship safety and skill training. Members compete on regional, state, and national levels in their skill areas. The instructors at the tech centers support and encourage participation in this student organization. The tech centers have a strong history of students who qualify and compete annually at the SkillsUSA national championships in Kansas City, Missouri. Many of the students have won awards as the top students in the nation.

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