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CTSOs Engage Students: FCCLA, Featuring Stephanie Zhang

Stephanie Zhang found an outlet for her drive and creativity with FCCLA. She joined a welcoming community and learned to focus her passion for design and leadership skills to pursue a future in fashion arts. As an officer she guided her peers to help them find their own passion for success. Through family and consumer sciences, and

CTSOs Engage Students: Educators Rising to the Challenge

The issue of teacher shortage and retention is an urgent concern today. Research shows that high classroom turnover has a negative impact on student achievement. Educators Rising works to address this problem by offering resources that integrate with CTE at the high school level. Washington High School, in Phoenix, Arizona, is seeing

CTSOs Engage Students: DECA Brings the Classroom to Life

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges. The DECA chapter at Irondale Senior High School earned international champion honors at the 2018 International Career Development Conference. Their project, Knight Grounds: Coffee for Success, launched a

CTSOs Engage Students: FBLA-PBL Students Compete Among the Best

Every summer the best and brightest FBLA-PBL members convene at the National Leadership Conference to compete in business-related competitions and chart their future career paths. In June 2017, Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg and Christina Masnyy, a team of FBLA students representing Fife High School in Tacoma, Washington, took first place

CTSOs Engage Students: SkillsUSA Students Practice Personal, Workplace and Technical Skills

Career-ready starts here. SkillsUSA's bold mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, while improving the quality of our nation's workforce. Members put the mission into action as they carry out chapter activities and practice personal, workplace and technical skills

CTSOs Engage Students: Business Professionals of America, Servant Leadership, Service Learning & Inspiring Agents of Change

Leadership is about service. Robert Greenleaf taught us that good leaders must first become good servants. We are given opportunities every day to extend our hand. With more than 45,000 members across the country, Business Professionals of America (BPA) is committed to developing and empowering rising student leaders to discover their

CTSOs Engage Students: Discover Ag Under Water

"Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning and real-world application." So defines the mission and purpose of nine CTSOs by the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO)

Career Aspirations Out of this World: Rachael Mann Interviews Aaron Shepard

Aaron Shepard inspires others and models boldness; he is determined to break the status quo. Too often, we are encouraged to take the safe path and spend a lifetime wondering, “What if?” Aaron took that road, at first, but soon he realized there is never a better time to follow your dreams than now. Tell me about your current role

Teaching Strategy: Peer Video Critique

“I wish students would give each other valuable feedback about what they are learning.” If that sounds familiar, you might want to try this strategy. The gap in reading skill levels is an issue nearly every CTE teacher faces. Walk into any given classroom, in any given program area, and it is likely you will find students whose

Indiana HS Prepares Students for Success in Pharmacy Technology

It's no secret: Healthcare workers are in high demand. Ten of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations nationwide are in health care; certified nursing assistants, physical therapists and nurse practitioners are among the most sought-after (United States Department of Labor, 2018). Across the country, CTE instructors are doing great

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