Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

CTSOs are an extension of classroom instruction — applying classroom learning to real-world experiences, they are not clubs. CTSOs are connected to middle school, high school, and post-secondary instructional programs and are integral to the classroom.

Upcoming CTSO Events

  • SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference:
    Opening Session – April 5, 2021 (during the school day, Time TBD)
    Competitions – April 5–April 12, 2021 (specific dates and times TBD)
    Awards Session – April 19, 2021  (during the school day, Time TBD)
  • DECA International Career Development Conference: April 19–April 23, 2021
  • Educators Rising National Conference: June 24–27, 2021
  • FCCLA Fall Leadership Workshop: September 19–20, 2021

Benefits of CTSOs to:

  • Opportunities for all students with all ability levels
  • Apply academic and technical learning and skills to real life situations
  • Awards, competitions and scholarships
  • Development of the whole person, from technical skills to leadership skills
  • Physical and financial well-being; making decisions in real life application
  • Career awareness
  • Exposure to local, state, national and global opportunities, develop cultural competence
  • Discovery and utilization of individual strengths and talents
  • Learn how to be responsible, understand organization functions and how to carry those out to completion
  • Professional development opportunities for growth
  • Build relationships with students that enhance classroom and out-of-class experiences
  • Connects real-life situations into the classrooms
  • Added support and validation of what is taught in the classroom
  • Engaged and involved students
  • Continual sense of school pride through organization involvement
  • Enhanced public relations between school, community, students, parents and families
  • Increased family engagement, involved because of children’s involvement
  • Leadership opportunities for students that transcends to other areas, apply CTSO knowledge to student council, athletic teams and more
  • Creates a way to “bridge” classes, all age groups work together for a common purpose
  • Student involvement through community development and service projects
  • Career awareness in community, students aware of local careers which may encourage them to return to local area for future employment or entrepreneurship
  • Engage local businesses in school events and activities
  • Foster a level of respect for what community members, business leaders and employers offer to the community
  • Ensures that local education and training programs meet business and industry needs
  • Prepares students for technical, skilled and service careers
  • Teaches students to become world-class employees and responsible American citizens

Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning

The mission of the Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning is to provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate leadership skills to become college and career ready.

This is accomplished through engagement in Career Student Organizations; leadership and personal responsibility; classroom learning combined with real-world relevance; teamwork and collaboration; and community service and citizenship.


DECA is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Educators Rising

Educators Rising is an organization that helps make sure teachers have the experience and skills they need to be ready for the classroom. We provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference.


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides innovative leadership and career development programs for students interested in business administration, management, finance and information technology careers.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders; address personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.


FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization that prepares health science students for careers as health professionals by developing leadership, compassion, character, and well being.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Updated September 11, 2023 8:38am