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History of WTSA

Here is a link the the history of National TSA. Below is a brief history of Washington TSA.

The Washington Technology Student Association, originally the Washington Chapter of the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA) was formed in the 1983-84 school year as a result of the work of the Washington Industrial Arts Association. The WIAA, which later became the Washington Industrial Technology Association has always maintained a strong presence in our organization and been our most active supporter.

1982-83 The Student Leadership Committee of the Washington Industrial Arts Association (WIAA) begins the planning and prep work to start a student leadership organization for Industrial Arts students in Washington State

1983 On April 30th an organizational meeting was held at the Hogue Technology Building at Central Washington University to plan and start the Washington Chapter of the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA). Our first State officers were elected at this time.

1983 Harold Richards becomes the 1st State Advisor.

1984 1st conference, 1984 at Hanford Secondary School, in Richland

1987 The chapter at Kennewick High School becomes the first to change their name to the Technology Student Association

1988 Name officially changed to the Washington Technology Student Association

1991 Tom Staley becomes State Advisor

1993 Al Gromus takes over at State Advisor

2003 Ross Short joins WTSA as the Assistant State Advisor

2005 Dr. Bob Radebaugh retires from WWU and as the Corporate Member of WTSA. He is honored at the state conference for his dedication to TSA. Al and Pam Gromus is honored at the state conference for their devotion and hard work for TSA. Ross Short becomes the 4th State Advisor in WTSA history.

2007 WTSA reaches the 1000 member mark.

2007-08 WTSA celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

Subpages (1): Past State Officers