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Expanding College and Career Readiness Through Career and Technical Student Organizations

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State Programming

Dave Thomas, Education Consultant: Business & Information Technology, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Advisor, DPI; Diane Ryberg, Education Consultant: Family and Consumer Sciences, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Advisor; DPI; Tim Fandek, Education Consultant: Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship, DECA Chartered Association Advisor, DPI; Sara Baird, Assistant Director Career & Technical Education, DPI

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) develop citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills essential for students who are preparing for the workforce and further education. They enhance students’ civic awareness and provide opportunities for developing social competencies and a wholesome attitude about living and working. In Wisconsin there is a strong initiative called “All CTSO”. This is the joining of forces to be stronger than the individual piece. Wisconsin started the “All CTSO” initiative over 15 years ago when joint state officer training was in its inception. Today the tradition continues with shared All CTSO leadership events for all members. Students from the six CTSOs work together to develop leadership, teambuilding and organizational skills that will last them a lifetime. They are able to learn about what happens in each of the CTSOs as well as develop relationships for the future.