Student Organizations

The Big Valley FFA organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Health Occupation Students of America

Health Occupation Students of America is a national service organization in which students can belong at both the state and national level. Health career students who participate in this organization help with various community service projects. Each year students compete at the state level conference in health related subjects. HOSA incorporates leadership skills, team building skills, and informs students of the ever changing technology in the health care field.

Students who are members of HOSA participate in a state conference each year where they will compete with other students from across the eastern part of Pennsylvania in health related competitions. They also participate in leadership, team building, and resume building skills. Many years our local HOSA chapter has placed at state competition and advanced to compete at the national level.

The Academy HOSA also services the area with several outreach programs such as:
Annual Red Cross Blood Drive
BP screening
Food and clothing drives for local shelters
Activities for local special needs students
Donations to local Breast Cancer Society

HOSA Advisor - Chelsea Boyer



What is SkillsUSA?
SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.

SkillsUSA Purpose:
  • To unite in a common bond all students enrolled in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education
  • To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational and social activities
  • To foster a deep respect for the dignity of work
  • To assist students in establishing realistic vocational goals
  • To help students attain a purposeful life
  • To create enthusiasm for learning
  • To promote high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety
  • To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process
  • To foster a wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations and a recognition of their mutual interdependence
  • To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school and persons in business and labor a sincere interest in the esteem for trade, industrial, technical and health occupations
  • To develop patriotism through knowledge of our nation’s heritage and the practice of democracy

SkillsUSA Contacts:
The Academy Local Chapter Advisors:
- Maureen Keller

- Valerie Woodring

- Lynn Scarton-Fohringer

Jeri Widdowson
Executive Director
409 G Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-4523
Fax: (814) 865-2427

Gerald J Tylka

PA SkillsUSA Facilitator
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
333 Market St. 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 783-6959
Fax: (717) 783-6672




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