Student Organizations & Competitions

What is HOSA?

Michigan HOSA

Health Occupations Students of America is a National Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) endorsed by the Department of Education and the Health Occupations Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for students enrolled in health occupations education programs. HOSA is 100% healthcare!

HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather it is a powerful instructional tool that is integrated into the health occupations education curriculum and classroom. Instructors are committed to the development of the total person. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a healthcare team.

National HOSA has more than 67,000 members in 38 state associations, Guam and Puerto Rico. Michigan HOSA has the seventh largest membership at almost 1,900.

HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Joining HOSA is a requirement for our programs. As part of HOSA, students participate in community service projects each year, competition at Regionals, the State HOSA Leadership Conference and at the National Conference. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 55 events to compete in. Fundraising for projects and competition is necessary to help support our endeavors.


To enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore helping students meet the needs of the healthcare community.

HOSA Facts

  • Over 66,000 Chapters nationally each year compete, from 48 state associations and Puerto Rico
  • Over 2600 Michigan members.... and growing
  • 54% traditional minorities in Michigan Chapters
  • 35% of members are from rural districts
  • Over 100 professional educators (HOSA Advisors) volunteer in Michigan each year
  • Over 60,000 members have participated in Michigan HOSA since 1980


  • To encourage community involvement by our members
  • To promote physical, social, and mental well-being
  • To develop leadership capabilities and skills
  • To enhance communication skills
  • To develop responsible citizens
  • To develop a sense of pride in the healthcare professions
  • To develop an understanding of current healthcare issues

HOSA Creed

I the Health Care Profession.
I believe..... in the profession for which I am being trained and in the opportunities my training offers.
I education.
I believe.....that through education I will be able to make the greatest use of my skills, knowledge, and experience in order to become a contributing member of the healthcare team and of my community.
I myself.
I believe.....that by using the knowledge and skills of my profession I will become more aware of myself. Through fulfilling these goals, I will become a responsible citizen.
I believe.....that each individual is important in his or her own right. Therefore, I will treat each person with respect and love. To this end, I dedicate my training, my skills, and
myself to serve others through Health Occupations Students of America.

Scholarships are Available to HOSA Members

More than $250,000 was awarded to HOSA students in 2010.Please check out the State and National Websites for more information.

What is SkillsUSA?


Formerly Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 250,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations.


SkillsUSA has more than a quarter million student members annually, organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.


SkillsUSA prepares America's high-performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.


Approximately 13,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations, and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA on a national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Much more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,100 students compete in 73 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

SkillsUSA Pledge

Upon my honor, I pledge:

  • To prepare myself by diligent study and ardent practice to become a worker whose services will be recognized as honorable by my employer and fellow workers.
  • To base my expectations of reward upon the solid foundation of service.
  • To honor and respect my vocation in such a way as to bring repute to myself.
  • And further, to spare no effort in upholding the ideals of SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA Creed

  • I believe in the dignity of work
  • I believe in the American way of life
  • I believe in education
  • I believe in fair play
  • I believe satisfaction is achieved by good work
  • I believe in high moral and spiritual standards

SkillsUSA Motto

"Preparing for leadership in the world of work"

What is the NTHS?


The National Technical Honor Society has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in workforce education since 1984. Over 1600 schools and colleges throughout the United States and its territories are affiliated with NTHS.

Student candidates are recommended by their career-tech instructor and should be persons who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility, and good character. All candidates for our chapter must be approved by the sponsors of the NTHS at the Ford Career-Technical Center. Joining the Society is an important career investment, highly respected by business, industry, and education.

Students participate in field trips and service projects, such as the annual food drive for a local homeless shelter. Recommendations for the Honor Society are made each November.

NTHS membership is the benchmark - the highest award for excellence in workforce education in America.

Mission Statement

To honor student achievement and leadership, and provide business and industry with a continuous stream of talented, highly skilled future employees.

Vision Statement

To be the leader in providing recognition for excellence in career and technical education and creating significant occupational opportunities for America's top students in workforce education.

NTHS is committed to:

  • providing the highest quality recognition for outstanding students in career and technical education,
  • supplying excellent services to our diverse and multi-cultural membership and member schools,
  • creating new and emerging relationships between the educational community and business and industry,
  • being a flexible organization on the leading edge of technology and constantly responding to change,
  • maintaining financial responsibility to meet our increasing needs, and
  • sustaining growth, innovation and continuous improvement based on the ongoing evaluation.


  • To reward excellence in workforce education
  • To develop self-esteem and pride, and encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement
  • To promote business and industry's critical workplace values: honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, productivity, leadership, and citizenship
  • To help schools build and maintain effective partnerships with local business and industry
  • To champion a stronger, more positive image for workforce education in America

Innovative Vehicle Design & Engineering Ambassadors at Ford Career-Technical Center

Innovative Vehicle Design/Engineering Ambassadors

  • Two-year competition build cycle challenges students to demonstrate creative engineering, focus on alternative energies in transportation.
  • Engineering Ambassadors brings project-based learning in engineering to younger students and the community

I-Save at Ford Career-Technical Center

  • Student-led effort to recycle
  • Supports district I-Save initiatives

MITES at Ford Career-Technical Center

Student projects judged in regional and state competition.


NAIAS Poster Contest at Ford Career-Technical Center

Graphic design student entries to market the North American International Auto Show, cash prizes available.

NAIAS Poster Contest

Scholastic Art Competition at Ford Career-Technical Center

Graphic arts, photography and video production single entries and portfolio contest.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Categories