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.

CTSO Activities

Microwebinar: Career and Technical Student Organizations
ACTE, April 2019

Join Deonna Anderson, an engineering teacher at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, Missouri, as she discusses the value of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) in every CTE program.

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

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.