Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's)The Georgia Department of Education promotes middle and high school student involvement in eight Career & TechnicalStudent Organizations (CTSO's) to enrich the curriculum in the CTAE Pathways. Career and Technical StudentOrganizations (CTSO’s) are a vital part of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE). They play an integralrole in preparing students to become college and career ready members of society who hold productive leadership rolesin their communities. CTSO’s are committed to the growth of students in all CTAE career pathways.These organizations provide motivation, leadership training, and career development opportunities for students enrolled inCTAE programs in middle and high schools and enhance their occupational, employability and leadership skills throughvarious activities such as conferences, award programs, service projects, and competitive events. These organizationsconduct activities and events at the local, state and national levels in which students can participate and compete. TheCTAE teachers at our schools are the advisors for the CTSO that matches their program. Due to varying programofferings across the district, all programs are not offered at every school.Click on the logos of each CTSO to learn more about these important student organizations:
oriented activities that help students maximize employability, gain leadership opportunities, and develop personalskills which enable them to develop into productive members of society.
CTSO’s are co-curricular organizations with leadership programs and competitive events which reflect currentcurriculum standards and competencies for the instructional programs they serve. Teachers infuse the CTSO'sactivities into the instructional activities, thereby helping students see the real world value of their academic studies.The following list outlines the seven CTSO's promoted within Atlanta Public Schools; the program (career pathway)area(s) each CTSO supports and the website to obtain further information.
Official CTSO Name
Career and Technical Instruction
Special Education Programs
Distributive Education Clubs of America
Future Business Leaders of America
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America
Family & Consumer Sciences
Health Occupation Student Association
Technology Student Association
Technology & Engineering
Technical & Service Occupations