Magazine article Techniques

Learning to Lead in a Technical World

Magazine article Techniques

Learning to Lead in a Technical World

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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is one of the oldest membership organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in middle schools and high schools across the United States. Founded more than 40 years ago, TSA now is 250,000+ student members strong with 100 percent likely to graduate from high school. At the local, regional, state and national levels, TSA members, advisors and alumni share how this career and technical student organization is engaging student members around the country:

Member Cyra Gallano sees her term as a Colorado TSA officer as one of the most significant and meaningful experiences in high school. "I had the opportunity to share my TSA story and inspire others to become involved in one of the most supportive, encouraging and motivating communities," she said. "TSA is a community full of amazing people--not only advisers who believe in your capabilities, but peers who motivate and inspire you to develop as a student and a leader."

"TSA has given me the ability to show my passion for STEM and IT--and truly apply what I learn in the classroom through various events," said Daniel Rivkin, a Colorado TSA state officer. "Without my experience in TSA, I would not know who I am as a person and where I see myself in the future after high school and after college."

Jerianne Taylor, Ph.D., is the North Carolina TSA state adviser and a professor at Appalachian State University. She finds TSA turns timely topics into projects and problems that students work to solve. …

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