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Computer Science Student Leadership Organization

Career and technical education student organizations serve over 25,000 young adults in New York State. Within the context of the career and technical education instruction program, student leadership organizations provide students interested in specific career areas with a range of individual, cooperative, and competitive activities. The United States Department of Education recognizes the career and technical education organizations in a policy statement signed by the Secretary of Education. Legislative support for these co-curricular and integral activities is included in current career and technical education legislation. 

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) 

While there is not a specific career and technical student organization for computer science, the following organizations offer competitive events in computer science and professional skills development. 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FBLA prepares students by promoting business leadership, understanding of private enterprise, establishing career goals, and developing character and self-confidence in its members. FBLA serves 300,000 members and teachers (6,500 students in New York State) in 13,000 chartered chapters worldwide. 


SkillsUSA is a national organization that provides students with educational experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. In New York State, over 12,000 members take part in community service activities as well as the SkillsUSA Championship competitions held in Syracuse each spring. The first-place winners go on to compete in the national SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City in June. Business and industry partners are directly involved in evaluating the students' knowledge and skills. 

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