Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) provide additional tools to prepare students for college and career success. These organizations are designed to be an integral part of the instructional program. By directly integrating into Career and Technology Education programs of study, CTSOs extend teaching and learning through various programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the local, state and national levels. There are three CTSOs in Maryland. Click on the logos below for more information.



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Why Have A CTSO?

Student Benefits

  • Develop essential Skills for Success such as Critial Thinking, Communication, Technology, and Interpersonal Skills
  • Strengthen self-image through competitive skill events, leadership development workshops, and service projects
  • Serve the communities and nation
  • Gain a competitive edge in the workforce
  • Interact with future employers
  • Scholarships

Teacher Benefits

  • Enhance their academic and career technology education
  • Increase student involvement in the curriculum
  • Improve student attitudes toward learning in the classroom
  • Involve local business and industry support and participation

Business Benefits

  • Gain direct involvement in the preparation of future employee
  • Ensure that the education curriculum reflects current industry practices
  • Support students, schools, and the community through scholarship opportunities