As one of the eight career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) recognized by the federal government, the Technology Student Association (TSA) provides middle and high school students with opportunities for leadership, teamwork, community service, personal growth, and recognition. Your student’s TSA chapter will plan a program of work for the year that will include technology competitions and activities and will help prepare your TSA student member for entry into and/or the workforce.
TSA provides rules and guidelines for more than 70 middle school competitions and high school competitions for use in a traditional classroom and virtually for distance learning. All TSA competitions are aligned with STEM standards, 21st century leadership skills, and the U.S. Department of Education's National Career Clusters Framework®. TSA middle and high school competitions are categorized by career pathways in Architecture and Construction Technology, Communications Technology, Computer Science and Information Technology, Leadership, Manufacturing and Transportation Technology, STEM (General), STEM and the Arts, and Technology and Research.
Opportunities abound through committee participation and officer candidate programs, as well as through the leadership program.
As students work on TSA-related projects—they learn to engage as a team; accept and give recognition; increase their knowledge; and help others. TSA provides the structure for a successful group experience—shaped and managed by TSA membership with the assistance of a chapter advisor/teacher.
How You Can Help
Your most important role as a TSA parent is to encourage and support your student as they engage in TSA activities. This could involve:
- supporting a TSA parent booster group and fundraising initiatives
- volunteering to drive to a competition
- volunteering as a judge at a local, state, or National TSA Conference
- being “on call” for the TSA chapter advisor when they need help
Whether your student is just starting out as a TSA member or has been a member for many years, you can have a significant impact on their experience by being an interested and enthusiastic partner in their TSA experience. For specific ideas on how you can best help your child’s TSA chapter, contact the TSA chapter advisor at their school.
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