Career and Technical
Student Organizations

Sharpen Leadership Skills through Friendly Competition

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSOs) are co-curricular/extracurricular groups for secondary and/or postsecondary CTE students that allow them to further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and competitions. CTSOs work as an integral component of classroom curriculum and instruction, building on career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hands-on demonstrations and real-life and/or work experiences through a CTE program. CTSOs help students develop a career path, as well as a program of study, and give them opportunities to gain skills and abilities through activities, programs, and competitions. Also, students have opportunities to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national level and attend leadership development conferences to network with other students, as well as business and industry partners.


All state CTSO organizations have a corresponding national entity to support the overall implementation and governance at the national, state, and local level. The National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) is the coalition of national CTSOs serving CTE
students and teachers in one or more of the sixteen (16) career clusters identified in the National Career Clusters Framework.

The Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE) works closely with the NCCCTSO to share and coordinate CTE resources. National CTSOs are comprised of eleven (11) not-for-profit organizations, specifically authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Perkins Act. OSSE currently recognizes five of the 11 nationally recognized CTSOs (FBLA, FFA, SkillsUSA, HOSA, and TSA).

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