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Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) integrate the career and technical education (CTE) curriculum while promoting leadership skills, career readiness, community involvement, and competition. They continue to be integral to the curriculum and an important part of 21st century CTE programs. Learn more about each organization.

CTSOs benefit a variety of stakeholders. Below are just a few of the many benefits.


  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Gain personal recognition
  • Engage in volunteer opportunities
  • Increase community awareness
  • Enhance decision‐making/problem‐solving skills
  • Network with other students, colleges, and employers
  • Experience the democratic process
  • Interact socially on a local, state and national level


  • Academic programs gain value from a CTSO
  • Student interest in CTSOs positively impacts course enrollments
  • Support from and networking with other advisors is enhanced
  • Personal satisfaction results from watching students grow and succeed
  • Common Core State Standards are reinforced
  • CTSOs are Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents

School Districts

  • Students are better prepared academically and socially for college and careers
  • Students have a positive impact on the school and community
  • CTSOs foster relationships between school district and local businesses
  • Students develop career readiness skills
  • Pride and recognition accrue to the school district – each CTSO is Chartered by the Board of Regents

Business and Community Leaders

  • CTSOs are a source for future employees
  • CTSOs provide a forum to communicate their needs regarding the preparation of future employees
  • Creative ideas and new perspectives are brought to business and community by CTSOs
  • Business participation with CTSOs fosters positive community minded image