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Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

With more than two million student members combined, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) integrate into Career and Technical Education programs and courses across the country. CTSOs extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels.

CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness.

CTSOs are authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.

The  Guide to Career and Technical Student Organizations can help educators decide which organizations would benefit the students in their schools.

To learn more about each of the organizations see the information provided in the following table.

             
  Organization Name  & Description Contact Information
Kansas FFA  Kansas FFA :
Kansas FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Kurt Dillon
State Advisor

Mary Kane
Executive Secretary
 
Business Professional of America Business Professionals of America :
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.
           


Emily Sanders-Jones
State Advisor
 

Kansas DECA DECA an Association of Marketing Students :
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Emily Sanders-Jones
State Advisor
 

FBLA  Future Business Leaders of America :
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

Emily Sanders-Jones
State Advisor

Connie Lindell
Conference Chairman
 

FCCLA  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America :
To promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Pam Lamb
State Advisor

HOSA HOSA :
(See details below)

Wendy Pickell 
State Advisor 

Skills USA 

SkillsUSA :
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Becky Warren
State Director 

TSA  Technology Student Association :
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology.

Carolyn Cole
State Advisor

Kansas HOSA

Build a Better You!

What is HOSA?

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching nearly 120,000 members through 47 chartered HOSA State Associations and approximately 3,200 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters in 2009-2010.

HOSA is not a club to which a few students in school join. Rather, HOSA is a powerful instructional tool that works best when it is integrated into the HSE curriculum and classroom. HSE instructors are committed to the development of the total person. Those who join the HSE-HOSA Partnership recognize the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.

HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. It is essential that the HSE-HOSA Partnership maintain its momentum and encourage all HSE instructors to integrate HOSA into their curriculum and classrooms.

* Information taken directly from National HOSA website.

Kansas HOSA Resources

The following resources can be used in developing and maintaining HOSA programs in schools.

Assistant Director Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951
jscott@ksde.org

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts 2013-2014

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303
bneuenswander@ksde.org

Director
Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142
sesmith@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951
jscott@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078
jnobo@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Assessment
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325
bfultz@ksde.org

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