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Career & Technical Education Student Organizations

The CTE programs of Sulphur Springs High School offer students the opportunity to become members of Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) to not only extend learning from the classroom, but to develop strong skills in leadership, teamwork, project development, job-specific career skills, and so much more. Students have the opportunity to enter competitions, travel, earn scholarships, network, and become successful!

Earning Letter Jackets through a CTSO:
Students may earn letter jackets in Business Professionals of America, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, FFA, or Health Occupations Students of America if they have NOT already earned a letter jacket by meeting the following requirements:
  1. Student must participate in qualifying competitive events.
  2. Student must be a paid member of the CTSO program for a minimum on three (3) years.
  3. Student must participate in the CTSO fundraisers each year meeting the required member quota.
  4. Student must complete the number of community service hours required by the CTSO each year.
*NOTE: Each CTSO will inform students of the specific criteria as they apply to #1-4 requirements as listed above. All four (4) requirements must be met within the specific criteria set for each CTSO program and do NOT apply if the student has already earned their letter jacket through another school organization.

SSHS CTSO Programs:
Currently, we offer six different CTE Student Organizations (CTSO), which are:

Business Professionals of America (BPA) is the leading Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology, and other related business and technology career fields. BPA's Workplace Skills Assessment Program consists of dozens of competitions in four general categories: finance, information technology, management/marketing/HR and administrative support. Students may compete at regional, state, and national levels demonstrating their acquired skills. The excitement and enthusiasm of competing and being recognized for their accomplishment is a highlight for every student. This year the National BPA competition will be held in Anaheim, CA.  Join BPA today to IMAGINE, BELIEVE, BECOME!
Sponsors: Mrs. Smith - RM 707, Mr. Owens - RM 307, and Mr. Robinson - RM 306

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
is a national Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. Involvement in FCCLA's Competitive Events programs offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in families, communities, and workplaces.  Members can demonstrate family and consumer sciences skills, career skills, and interpersonal skills through competitive events.
Sponsors: Mrs. Davis - RM 305, Mrs. Carter- RM 313B, Mrs. Stribling- RM 313D, and Mr. Thomas - RM 312

FFA Agricultural Education prepares students for premiere leadership, personal growth and career success in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resource systems. The agricultural education program provides a well-rounded, practical approach to learning through three components: Classroom education in agricultural topics such as plant and animal sciences, horticulture, forestry, agrimarketing and more; hands-on supervised agricultural career experience such as starting a business or working for an established company; and FFA events, which provides leadership opportunities and tests students’ agricultural skills.
Sponsors: Mr. Holland- RM AG2, Mr. Luper - RM AG4, Mrs. Arthur- RM AG

HOSA Future Health Professionals is a national student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA Offers 56 Competitive Events that are aligned to the National Healthcare Foundation and Accountability Criteria outlined by the National Consortium for Health Science Education. HOSA members are encouraged to take full advantage of the HOSA National Competitive Events Program, a constantly expanding and improving series of health care related competitive events. Competition within a state is held in the spring as a means of identifying those members eligible for competition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.
Sponsor: Mrs. Hutchings- RM 712, Ms. Williams - RM 711,  and Ms. Martinez- RM 703

Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.

                                                 Sponsor: Mr. Wilder- RM 105

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.
Sponsors: Mr. Gammill- Construction BLG, Mrs. Carter -  313B, and Mr. Wilder- RM 105

Texas Association of Future Teachers The Texas Association of Future Educators or TAFE (pronounced "taffy") is a co-curricular statewide non-profit student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created in 1984 to provide the best and brightest high school and middle school students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education. TAFE is sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and is governed by a board of directors comprised of teachers, students and principals.

Sponsor: Mrs. Stribling - 313D

National Technical Honor Society is an honor society for outstanding career and technical students of workforce vocational education institutions in the United States. NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it. NTHS understands changes in industry within local communities and on a global scale.

Sponsor: Mrs. Stribling - 313D

Our Mission

The mission of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District is to provide students with the skills that will prepare them to adapt and excel in a fast-changing world, enabling them to lead productive lives. The district shares with parents and the community the responsibility of promoting high standards and expectations as we provide opportunities for all students within our diverse community to attain personal growth and to become lifelong learners.


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