Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

CTE Month Day 5

Day 5: Career and Technical Student Organizations Help Make CTE Work

There are over two million Career and Technical student organizations (CTSOs) that help integrate and extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences in school, state and national levels. CTSOs are authorized in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Educational Act and are a powerful way to address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic need and global trending.  Additionally, students who are involved in a CTE student organization are more likely to have higher levels of motivation and academic achievement. The National Coordinating Council for CTE Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) shares and coordinates CTE resources and is a coalition of national career and technical student organizations serving CTE students and teachers in one or more of the 16 Career Clusters identified in the National Career Clusters Framework.