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

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.

CTSOs help students develop academic, technical and employability skills and achieve educational attainment.

Two young women relate how DECA shaped their lives.

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.

This thesis describes how to best prepare students for success in DECA competitions.

This study offers insight to teachers on the use of Technology Student Association activities in the classroom.