Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. This element addresses CTSOs, which are organizations for individuals enrolled in CTE programs that engage in activities as an integral part of the instructional program, including the delivery and availability of CTSO opportunities for student skill and leadership development. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and support high-quality CTSOs.
CTSOs help students develop academic, technical and employability skills and achieve educational attainment.
The Power of CTSOs
Young, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2014
Two young women relate how DECA shaped their lives.
Looking Inside the Black Box: The Value Added by Career and Technical Student Organizations to Students’ High School Experience
Alfeld et. al, National Research Center for CTE, June 2007
This research finds a positive association between CTSO participation and academic motivation, academic engagement, grades, career self-efficacy, college aspirations and employability skills. The authors discuss the benefits of CTSO participation for a larger and more heterogeneous group of students.
A Study on Successful Techniques of DECA Chapters in Competitive Events at the District, State and National Levels
Huff, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2003
This thesis describes how to best prepare students for success in DECA competitions.
Student Perceptions of Selected Technology Student Association Activities
Taylor, Journal of Technology Education, 2006
This study offers insight to teachers on the use of Technology Student Association activities in the classroom.
CTSO Access and Equity
Recruiting for Your CTSO
Faulkner, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2018
Techniques for recruiting CTSO participants include letters to students and parents, reviews from former students, community outreach and social media.
Making an Impact: How CTSOs Support Students in Poverty
Saed and Scates-Winston, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2017
CTSO advisers can recognize and support students in poverty by creating a safe space, knowing your community’s resources and more.
Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Nontraditional, Underserved and Special Populations
Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations, 2014
This publication describes a competitive grant process to address discrepancies in access to and participation in career and technical student organizations
Benefits of Career and Technical Student Organizations’ on Female and Racial Minority Students’ Psychosocial and Achievement Outcomes ($)
Aragon, Alfeld and Hansen, Career and Technical Education Research, 2013
Research findings reveal that CTSO and CTE experiences provide benefits above those offered through general education alone, particularly for girls and students of color.
Perceptions of FCCLA as Reported by Advising and Non-Advising Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers
Alexander, Davis and Pierce, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 2015
This journal article presents barriers to Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Texas high schools becoming advisers of FCCLA and affiliating chapters of FCCLA in schools.
Guides, Toolkits and Profiles
This publication summarizes the references to CTSOs in the Perkins IV legislation, including in accountability, state and local plans, and state and local required and permitted uses of funds.
CTSO State Profiles
National Coordinating Council for CTSOs
The State CTSO Profiles explain the value, reach and impact of CTSOs within each state. These were developed for each state, with custom messages and a detailed report showing the CTSO membership by chapter within each congressional district.
- HOSA-Future Health Professionals Advisor Resources
- Future Business Leaders of America Chapter Management Handbook
- Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Management Handbook
- DECA New Advisor Resource Center
- FCCLA Chapter Adviser Resources
- Technology Student Association Toolkits and Resources
- Business Professionals of America Organizing Resources
- SkillsUSA Membership Kit
These guides help advisers with developing, recruiting and managing chapters for eight of the national CTSOs.