Career & Technical Education

Student Leadership Organizations

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 State 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.


DECA, formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, provides activities and classroom tools that promote the learning of competency-based skills in marketing, management and entrepreneurial career fields, and develop leadership and civic consciousness. DECA serves more than 160,000 students (5,600 students in New York State) enrolled in secondary and postsecondary marketing education programs. DECA is co-curricular; it is an integrated part of the classroom instructional program. Marketing education programs, with DECA, meet the requirements of a school-to-work program.

New York State CTE Office: emsccte@nysed.gov

National DECA Web Site: http://www.deca.orgexternal link

New York State DECA Web Site: http://www.nydeca.orgexternal link


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.

New York State Contact:


New York State Education Department, Room 315, EB, Albany, New York 12234
Phone: 518-486-1547 Fax: 518-402-5114

National FBLA Web Site: http://www.fbla-pbl.orgexternal link

New York State FBLA Web Site: http://www.nysfbla.orgexternal link

Last Updated: March 18, 2019