New Hanover County Schools


Engaging Students, Achieving Excellence



CTE Career Clusters

Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for CTE's 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career..

NC DPI Clusters

Student Organizations

Career -Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) develop citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for students who are preparing for the workforce and further education. They enhance students' civic awareness and provide opportunities for developing social competencies and a wholesome attitude about living and working. CTSOs provide a unique instructional method for attaining the competency goals and objectives identified in each course. Their activities are considered a part of the instructional day when they are directly related to the competencies and objectives in course blueprints. 

DECA is a state and national organization available to all students who are currently enrolled in Marketing Education courses. DECA aims to prepare members for future careers in general marketing and business.

DECA National website      CTSO Conference Matrix - DECA
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FFA: The Organization for Agricultural Education Students - is a national organization that serves students enrolled in agricultural education courses. 

National FFA 
North Carolina FFA
           CTSO Conference Matrix - FFA
FBLA - Future Business Leader's of America mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. 

National FBLA 
North Carolina FBLA         CTSO Conference Matrix - FBLA
FCCLA- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a national organization for Family and Consumer Sciences students. 

FCCLA National website
FCCLA State website        CTSO Conference Matrix - FCCLA

HOSA - is a state and national organization whose mission is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all Health Occupations Education students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care industry. 

HOSA National website
HOSA State website         CTSO Conference Matrix - HOSA

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SillsUSA - is a state and national organization that serves trade, industrial, and technical students in secondary and post secondary public schools. Members are part of a national group of skilled youth on the move – working toward future career goals. 

Skills USA National website 
Skills USA State website     CTSO Conference Matrix - SkillsUSA
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TSA - Technology Student Association mission is to prepare its membership for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunity.

TSA National website 
TSA State website            CTSO Conference Matrix - TSA
National Technical Honor Society - is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have a chapter of the honor society on their campus.  These member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today's highly competitive workplace. 

National Technical Honor Society