•                                   Student Organizations
                          
    The Van Buren Technology Center is proud to offer a variety of student organizations that encourage students to be more active in their community, to explore new career pathways, and to challenge themselves academically. 
     
     

     
     
    BPA  
     
    With over 45,000 members nationwide, BPA is a highly regarded CTSO (Career & Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business, management, technology, and other related career fields. As a member of BPA, you will be able to meet and compete with other business students throughout Michigan and beyond. Students from Commercial Art, Cyber Security & Computer Network Technology, and Software Engineering participate. 
     
     
     National Qualifiers
     
     

     
     
    DECA
     
    DECA, formerly known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international student-run organization for Marketing students that prepares them for careers in marketing, management, finance and entrepreneurship. Activities include competitive events, educational conferences and community service projects.
     
    DECA Students
     
     

     
    FCCLA
     
    The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization aims to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Services education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family members, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Students from Early Childhood Careers and Education, Culinary Arts and Catering Management, and Cadet Teacher Academy participate. 
     
    FCCLA Students
     
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    FFA
     
     
    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. 
     
     FFA Students
     
     

    FIRST Robotics
     
    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. 
     
     
     FIRST Robotics Competition
     
     
     
     
    MITES
     
    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. 
     
    MITES Student
     
     

     
     
    NTHS
     
     
    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.