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. Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education, your student’s chapter will plan a program of work for the year that will include technology competitions and activities and will help prepare your student for entry into college and/or the work force.
Over 60 competitive events (middle and high school) appeal to many students across the spectrum of technology. Events include CAD architecture and engineering, website design, medical technology, film, graphic design and inventions and innovations as well as many other technological topics. Affiliated students can purchase downloadable rules for individual middle and high school competitions.
Students are exposed to leadership learning and opportunities through officer and committee level participation, as well as through Leadership Lessons -- a CD each TSA advisor receives which includes leadership content that can be incorporated into the classroom and/or into chapter meetings.
As students work on TSA related projects, they learn to engage as a team, to accept and give recognition, to increase their knowledge and to help others. TSA provides the structure for a successful group experience, shaped and managed by the student membership with the assistance of an adult advisor.
How You Can Help as a Parent
Your most important role as a TSA parent is to encourage and support your student as they engage in TSA activities. This could involve volunteering to help drive to a competition, helping to provide support through a TSA parent booster group, supporting fundraising initiatives, volunteering to judge at a local, state or national conference, or just being “on call” for the chapter advisor when they need an additional set of hands.
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 chapter, contact the TSA advisor at their school.