DCTS Students Prepare for Events and Competitions
Students at all three Delaware County Technical High School campuses participate in Career and Technical Students Organizations (CTSOs) throughout the school year. The organizations include Skills/USA, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). Advisors and students have been busy preparing for the many events and competitions they have a chance to be a part of this year.
CTSO advisors hold monthly advisor meetings to assist each other with fundraising plans, updates for individual CTSOs and community service projects. Their goal this year is to develop a unified CTSO student council at the campuses made up of students from each CTSO to meet regularly. The purpose is to promote student participation in CTSOs, community service, and school spirit.
Skills/USA helps to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. Skills/USA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Skills/USA also offers competitive activities in which students strive to achieve in a variety of occupational skill and leadership areas. Our students attended the Fall Leadership conference held in late November. The purpose of the annual Fall Leadership Conference is to train students and teachers in leadership skills that will allow them to go back to their school and lead their local chapters through a successful school year. Students participate in sessions that guide them in developing team building, public speaking, communication, and community service skills. Each year, approximately 24 students and four advisors attend the three-day conference.
The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students; therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community. Students from our Health Sciences, Medical Careers and Dental Technology programs participate in HOSA. Our HOSA students and advisors elected class officers and have held regular meetings to work on fundraising plans and begin to prepare for the State Leadership Conference in March. Nearly 45 students will be going to the competitions.
FCCLA is the only student organization with the main focus on the family. Their mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. FCCLA has many different National programs and state programs that are available to our students throughout the year. The biggest events all year are the many different competitions they offer our students in the areas of Culinary Arts and Child Care. Over the years DCTS has had many national winners and former students have traveled to many states across the USA, like California, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee.
The mission of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is to promote and provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment. This is a tremendous organization based out of Philadelphia that provides learning activities throughout the year. The organization also gathers money for student scholarships to help students pay for postsecondary education in the culinary field. For the past three years DCTS students have won thousands of dollars in scholarships to some of the best schools in the country.