Student Organizations

Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Published: 6/4/2018 3:05 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

​Student Organizations by Program Area

      National FFA Organization

      Kentucky FFA Association


      National Future Business Leaders of America

      Kentucky Business Leaders of America (FBLA)


      Educators Rising (National)

      Educators Rising Kentucky

   Family and Consumer Sciences

       National Family, Career and Community 
         Leaders of America (FCCLA)

       Kentucky Family, Career and Community 
         Leaders of America (FCCLA)

   Health Science

      HOSA Future Health Professionals

      Kentucky HOSA Future Health Professionals

   Industrial Technology

      National Skills USA

      Kentucky Skills USA


      National DECA Emerging Leaders and 

      Kentucky DECA Emerging Leaders and 


      National Technology Student

      Kentucky Technology Student

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