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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 (PDF) 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
 FFA Badge

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.

National Website: www.ksffa.org/   

Kurt Dillon
State Advisor

Mary Kane
Executive Secretary 
Business Professionals 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.

Amber McNew
State Advisor

Kansas DECA

DECA an Association of Marketing Students :
Kansas DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers around the world in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.


Scott 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.

Connie Lindell
State Advisor/

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

The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.           

Kansas HOSA Web Page

Seth Nutt
State Advisor
The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center 

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.

Ruth DeLange
State Advisor

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards/Graduation
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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