• What is a CTSO?

    A career and technical student organization (CTSO) is an extracurricular group for students in CTE pathways to further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events and competitions.

    Why join a CTSO?

    While each organization caters to different career clusters — ultimately they all accomplish the same thing:

    • CTSOs give CTE students additional opportunities outside of the classroom to grow and develop skills they will need within their chosen career paths. These opportunities range from after-school activities and programs to competitive events where students demonstrate their skills.

    • CTSOs give students ways to network with other students and industry partners to start building professional relationships.

    • Overall, being part of a CTSO can set students apart from those who aren’t members. Having membership listed on a resume can give someone a leg up over others when applying for a job; especially if they were in a leadership role in the organization.