Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Published: 9/22/2012 7:24 PM

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are recognized as integral to the career and technical education program.  CTSOs provide a unique program of career and leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for middle/junior high and secondary students enrolled in career and technical programs.  Appropriate CTSOs are to be provided as indicated by KRS151B.025 section 9 and Kentucky Board of Education Goal 3.5. 

CTSOs are not "clubs" to which only a few career and technical students belong.  Rather, a CTSO is a powerful instructional tool that works best when integrated into the career and technical curriculum and classroom by an instructor who is committed to the development of the total person.  Career and technical educators recognize the importance of providing students with job- and career-related training that complements the job-specific skills needed for entry into a particular field.
CTSOs are extremely effective as "instructional tools" when used properly by trained career and technical educators.  CTSO activities are integral to career and technical education when they:
       - provide instructional strategies used to develop, improve and expand occupational competencies related to a particular career and technical subject matter
       - are an extension of the classroom/laboratory instructional program that enriches and enhances classroom/laboratory learning
        - present organized activities for students to gain personal and leadership skills making them more employable, preparing them to become productive citizens, and assisting them in assuming positive roles in the home and community.

CTE Student Organization Resources
This page contains several CTSO resources and activities.  Among them are the CTSO Guidelines local chapters, the CTSO Travel Safety Guide, the CTSO Medical Release form, the CTSO Advisor/Chaperone Consent form, a presentation describing the role of CTSO's in education entitled "Utilizing CTSOs," the CTSO Guidelines for state staff, and Unite to Read.

Matt Chaliff
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286
Fax (502) 564-2241