Clubs and Organizations

Family Career and Community Leaders of America

What is FCCLA?

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences Education in public and private school through grade 12. 

The FCCLA project at Jones County CTE Center is the Food for Life Team.  Culinary Arts students provide a program that teachers elementary school students about healthy eating and safety in the kitchen as they help them create fun and healthy foods.  Our most recent projects have involved helping Girl Scouts earn their Culinary Badge and working with the Animal Rescue League to provide handmade treats for the Weiner Dog Races at the South Mississippi Fair.  In past years, the Food for Life team members have performed for child care facilities, service organizations, children's programs at several local churches, the county elementary schools, and The Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS) State Convention.
Jones County Career and Technical Adviser for FCCLA: Sheila Benson

Health Occupations Students of America

What is HOSA? 

Jones County Career and Technical Education Center advisers for HOSA are Vickie Barnett and Dawn Smith.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Occupations Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HOE-HOSA Partnership.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health occupations education programs. HOSA is 100% health care! 


The HOSA National Leadership Conference includes:

  • Exciting general sessions
  • Educational and social learning activities
  • Leadership academies
  • Tours to healthcare facilities
  • Exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations
  • The National Competitive Events program
  • The annual business of the national student organization of the Health Occupations Students of America by the national voting delegates
  • The Educational Symposium - workshops presented by professional partners that provide information about current health care issues
  • An opportunity to meet people from across the United States and Puerto Rico with similar career goals
  • Fun, excitement, recognition, and opportunity for HOSA members!

Skills USA

What is Skills USA?

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 264,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

Purpose of Skills USA

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. Jones County Career and Technical School advisers for SkillsUSA are Phlip Ray, Brandi Edwards, Charles McMillan, and Lonnie Richards.


What is FEA? 

Future Educators Association is an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.  The mission of FEA is to foster the recruitment and development of prospective educators worldwide through the dissemination of programming and relevant research.  By elevating the image of teaching, FEA attracts dynamic and diverse students who will become tomorrow's great educators.  FEA is significantly contributing to the development of the next generation of great educators, and you can be part of it.  Jones County Career and Technical School adviser for FEA is Ellene Hosey.


Student Council

What is Student Council?

Students enrolled in all programs at the A.P. Fatherree Career and Technical Education Center are eligible to join student council provided they meet the Jones County Schools policy for requirements.  Student Council members serve as a positive link between the student body and faculty.  Student Council  promotes and provides leadership opportunities to prepare and empower student leaders who serve their school and communities.  Student Council sponsors the award winning "High Five" Program.  Jones County Career and Technical School advisers for Student Council are Debra Bush and Teri Tanner.


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