Student Organizations

Student organizations provide a way for students to develop and refine leadership skills and to interact and network with their peers and with faculty and staff.

Throughout the year, organizations sponsor a variety of activities and participate in service projects around the community.

So What's the Point?

The points are numerous for students enrolled in Rolla Technical Institute and Rolla Technical Center.

These students have the opportunity to enhance their education. All they have to do is join the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) of their choice. Examples include: National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Association of Marketing Students (DECA), Missouri Society of Respiratory Care (MSRC), and SkillsUSA.

All of the CTSOs have the same purpose: to enhance the co-curricular education of students enrolled in technical, skilled, and service occupations. National FFA, FBLA, DECA, and SkillsUSA help develop leadership characteristics, self-confidence, self-acceptance, occupational competencies, awareness of career opportunities, proficiency in communication, a competitive spirit, and character development. These organizations emphasize total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of hard work. They also promote involvement in community service activities.

Each of the CTSOs have a program of activities that will be completed by the student
members and their advisors during the school year. Students who become active members in a CTSO will have the opportunity to take part in competitions at the district, state, and international levels. In addition to the opportunity to win awards, competitions also give students a chance to travel and to make numerous contacts that could prove to be helpful in their future careers.

So what's the point?
The point is get involved in a CTSO of your choice. You never know where it will lead you! For more information contact the RTI/RTC counselor at (573) 458-0150.