About CTSOs

Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) provide opportunities for students to develop and enhance the skills they will need to be successful in their future career and leadership endeavors. Through in-class activities, regional, state and national conferences, and deeper levels of engagement (student officer roles, scholarships), CTSOs promote personal leadership and growth to enhance career opportunities.

CTSO FAQ

CTSOs provide opportunities:
  • To be part of something bigger than themselves.
  • To travel to local, state, and national conferences.
  • To compete for scholarships and/or prizes.
  • To learn skills for their careers.
  • To develop lifelong friendships.
  • To network with professionals in their fields.
  • To have fun!
CTSOs are designed to be co-curricular. This means that although some chapters need to meet outside of school hours, most meet during their classroom time. Many classroom activities may be lessons from the CTSO, developed with standards and technical skills needed from experts in their field.
CTSOs are designed to be co-curricular. This means that although some chapters need to meet outside of school hours, most meet during their classroom time. Many classroom activities may be lessons from the CTSO, developed with standards and technical skills needed from experts in their field.
Competition is a part of all the CTSOs, yet so are leadership opportunities. Each chapter also encourages members to work in teams, to take part in community service projects, to fundraise for trips, and to have social times as a group. Competing is important to experience in our very competitive, global marketplace. Yet, learning how to be an effective team player with soft skills is just as important.
Once they get their diplomas, some members want to give back. This can be done in many ways. If you are going on to college, consider being part of a collegiate chapter (or starting one). Become a professional member. Help judge at a local or state event. Be a guest speaker at a local or state meeting. Mentor a new advisor/chapter. Start a local/state scholarship. Create or be part of an alumni chapter.
That depends upon which CTSO is being considered. Review the CTSO Comparison Chart here (link) to help you determine which best suits your circumstances.