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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Connect. Engage. Activate.

Student organizations are the fastest way to build your network, and help you engage with like-minded professionals. Check out the organizations available at our schools, and jump on the path that's right for you.

 

American Academy of Procedural Codes

AAPC provides education and professional certification to physician-based medical coders and to elevate the standards of medical coding by providing student training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities.

American Health Information Management Association

The goal of effective health information management (HIM) is to provide quality healthcare to the public. Personal health information is a valuable resource to individuals, their families, and the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who provide treatment and care. HIM professionals reach out at the community level to share their knowledge of health information and medical records directly with the public to help them understand and manage their personal health information and improve the quality of their care.

Business Professionals of America

Business Professionals of America members compete in demonstrations of their business technology skills, develop their professional and leadership skills, network with one another and professionals across the nation, and participate in community service projects.

Career Education Clubs for Florida

Business Professionals of America members compete in demonstrations of their business technology skills, develop their professional and leadership skills, network with one another and professionals across the nation, and participate in community service projects.

Dental Assisting Society

The Dental Assisting Society invites dental students to participate in fund raising projects to offset the cost of such items as membership in the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), application to the Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB), the graduation pin, and social activities.

Future Builders of America

Future Builders of America is a local club with the Polk County Builders Association. Students interested in building careers have the opportunity to meet builders, participate in competitions, develop leadership skills, participate in summer internship programs, and apply for college scholarships.

Future Business Leaders of America

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a non-profit, local, district, regional, state, and national organization for all middle and high school students participating in business and business-related programs. In Florida, FBLA functions as an integral part of the instructional program of business technology education program in secondary school and Technical Colleges. This organization provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom instruction in business practices and procedures to leadership development activities and competitive event experiences.

Florida Future Educators of America

FFEA provides a forum for students to become aware of career opportunities in education and nurtures their interest in teaching as a career. Each year, the Department coordinates state conferences for postsecondary chapters and senior high student members and their advisors.

Health Occupation Students of America

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education 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.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is a non-profit honor organization for outstanding students enrolled in secondary schools, career and technical education centers, technical and community colleges, private occupational training institutions, and colleges with technical majors. Qualification for membership is based upon:

  1. A desire to pursue a career in the student's program of study
  2. Scholastic achievement
  3. Honesty
  4. Dependability
  5. Pride in work performed
  6. Responsibility
  7. Cooperation and ability to work well with others
  8. Interest in learning, initiative, leadership
  9. Citizenship

At least 50% of a student's program must be completed with a competency/grade point average of not less than 3.5 and an attendance record of at least 85%.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is one of the most selected organizations by high school and adult students. It promotes high standards relative to work ethics, craftsmanship, scholarship, and safety while fostering a respect for the dignity of work. Additionally, SkillsUSA helps students relate their training experiences to the workplace and their search for meaning, identity, and achievement. Emphasis is placed upon functions involving labor and management and their interdependence and importance. SkillsUSA participants hone their skills in many trades, including Carpentry, Automotive, Welding, Culinary, and others. Skill development and recognition is fostered through local, regional, state, national, and international programs, competitions and awards. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided through workshops and seminars, while competitive activities help develop mastery of trade skills. Membership in the organization also helps students learn to work together and prepare for the workforce competitions and awards. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are provided through workshops and seminars, while competitive activities help develop mastery of trade skills. Membership in the organization also helps students learn to work together and prepare for the workforce.