Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are non-profit educational student organizations that form local, state, and national networks and prepare students for college and careers. Students are able to participate in competitive events across multiple disciplines and become eligible to attend national and international competitions. Wyoming has five CTSOs, including DECA (preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), The National FFA Organization (FFA), and Skills USA. CTSOs not only build career and technical skills, they help students with confidence and self-esteem, communication, public speaking, leadership and career development. Generally, across all years and content areas, students who participate in a CTSO have higher proficiency levels than those who did not. These activities lead to increases in overall student achievement (Wyoming-Perkins Collaborative Resource Network).
This is a busy time of year for the youth of Wyoming who participate in local CTSOs. It’s State Leadership Conference time. For chapter advisors and participants, this time of the year is the culmination of practice, projects, and presentations. State competitions took place for DECA in February; March was time for FBLA and FCCLA, and April will be SkillsUSA and FFA. We would like to recognize everyone involved in each CTSO for the fabulous work that they do! For more information about each of the CTSO’s in Wyoming you can visit their websites or contact the respective State Advisor.