Career and Technical Student Organizations

Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study FrameworkThe following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and support high-quality CTSOs. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

CTSO Activities

Expanding Career Readiness Through Career Technical Student Organizations
ACTE, June 2011

The Power of CTSOs
Young, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2014

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

A Study on Successful Techniques of DECA Chapters in Competitive Events at the District, State and National Levels
Huff, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2003

Student Perceptions of Selected Technology Student Association Activities
Taylor, Journal of Technology Education, 2006

CTSO Access and Equity

Recruiting for Your CTSO
Faulkner, ACTE Techniques Magazine, February 2018

Making an Impact: How CTSOs Support Students in Poverty
Saed and Scates-Winston, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2017

Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Nontraditional, Underserved and Special Populations
Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations, 2014

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 ($)

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

Guides, Toolkits and Profiles

CTSO Guide to Accessing Federal Perkins Funds: For the Support of Career and Technical Student Organizations
Fiscus and Hyslop, 2008

HOSA-Future Health Professionals Advisor Resources
HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Future Business Leaders of America Chapter Management Handbook
Future Business Leaders of America

Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Management Handbook
Phi Beta Lambda

DECA New Advisor Resource Center

FCCLA Chapter Adviser Resources

Technology Student Association Toolkits and Resources
Technology Student Association

Business Professionals of America Organizing Resources
Business Professionals of America

SkillsUSA Membership Kit

CTSO State Profiles
National Coordinating Council for CTSOs