Not just a student organization for those who want to become farmers, FFA uses agricultural education to provide a path to achievement in leadership, personal growth, and career success for a wide variety of students, including those seeking to become doctors, teachers, scientists, business owners, and more. Students from the Agriculture & Natural Resources program participate.
Founded by legendary inventor, Dean Kaman, FIRST Robotics is a mentor-based student organization that uses robots as a vehicle to engage young people in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Participants are given a challenge to build a robot in 6 weeks that will perform specific criteria and meet strict specifications. Students from Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Architectural Design, Polymer Technologies, Software Engineering, and Welding programs participate.
Established in 1928, The Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) is a professional organization of industrial technology educators established to encourage and recognize fine craftsmanship in the field of industrial technology, and career technical education. Each year, any students in grades K-12 who is enrolled in an industrial, or career and technical education course taught by a MITES member, can participate in regional competitions. Competitions are divided into 14 divisions (e.g., Architectural Drawing, Animation, Machine Shop, etc.). Students enter projects into divisions of their choice, which are then evaluated by judges, scored, and recognized for their workmanship. Regional division winners qualify to compete at State competitions. Students in Commercial Art, Engineering & Architectural Design, Polymer Technologies, and Welding participate.
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today's highly competitive, skilled workforce. NTHS strives to bring well-deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in CTE programs. NTHS recognizes students who not only embody the attributes of leadership, scholarship, skills, honesty, citizenship, service and responsibility, but those who also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow's workforce and their role in it.