Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) have a long, rich history tracing back almost as far as career and technical education itself. FFA was established in 1928 as a national organization called Future Farmers of America. CTSOs have continued their role in preparing youth to become productive citizens and to assume roles of leadership ever since.
Generally, these organizations operate on local, state and national levels, with career and technical education instructors serving as chapter advisers for the student members.
CTSOs enhance the educational opportunities for students, but they also help the students explore career paths, to become skilled professionals in the workplace, and to help prepare them to become active participants in their communities. The leadership skills being developed in career and technical student organizations are helping to create the leaders of tomorrow.
Students in these organizations not only develop character and knowledge but they also learn life skills along with career skills.