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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

Kansas FFA
Future Farmers of America makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Guy Shoulders
State Advisor

Mary Kane
Executive Secretary 
Business Professionals of America

Kansas BPA
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.


Marcy Cross
State Advisor


Kansas DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers around the world in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.


Logan Gauby
State Advisor


Kansas FBLA
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 


Kansas FCCLA
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Shandi Andres
State Advisor


Kansas HOSA
HOSA develops leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.

Tina Goosz
State Advisor
The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center 

Skills USA 

SkillsUSA Kansas
SkillsUSA improves the quality of America's workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Becky Warren
State Director


Kansas TSA
Technology Student Association is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology.

Ruth DeLange
State Advisor

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
Assistant Director
(785) 296-4351

KSDE Secondary-Level CTE Contacts

Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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