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COVID-19 Resources for Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Published: 10/21/2020 3:25 PM

COVID-19 Updates and Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will COVID-19 affect upcoming CTSO and other conferences?

A: State Advisors are currently meeting with their CTSO State Advisory Councils to determine how they will handle the postponement or cancellation of their conferences and appropriate next steps.  More information will be forthcoming, once these decisions are made by each individual CTSO.

Other Resources and Information

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

Robin Linton
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286 
Fax (502) 564-4800

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