What are CTSO's
The National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) serves as a communications and collaborative vehicle for Career and Technical Students Organizations (CTSOʻs) that are recognized by a significant number of state departments of education as integral to their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and meet other criteria described below. The NCC-CTSP also includes national organizations that have an interest in CTE.
Mission & Purpose
The mission and purpose of CTSOs are defined as follows:
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership, personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. CTSOs work as an integral component of the classroom curriculum and instruction, building upon employability and career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hands-on demonstrations and real-life and/or work experiences through CTE programs. CTSOs help guide students in developing a career path or program of study and provide opportunities to gain the skills and abilities needed to be successful in those careers through CTSO activities, programs, and competitive events. In addition, students have opportunities to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels and attend leadership development conferences to network with other students as well as business and industry partners.