Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Published: 3/28/2013 8:21 AM

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.

​Student Organizations by Program Area
Agriculture
Future Farmers of America
National FFA
Kentucky FFA
 
Business
Future Business Leaders of America
National FBLA
Kentucky FBLA
 
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
National FCCLA
Kentucky FCCLA
 
Health Science
Health Occupations Students of America
National HOSA
Kentucky HOSA
 
Industrial Technology
Skills USA
National SkillsUSA-VICA
 
Marketing
Distributive Education Clubs of America
National DECA
Kentucky DECA
 
Technology
The Technology Student Association
National TSA
Kentucky TSA