Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

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Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a career and technical student organization (CTSO) with intra-curricular learning opportunities integrated into existing education and training programs. Educators Rising is a community-based movement that provides Grow Your Own programming through the Educators Rising Curriculum and supports student activities. With a presence in all 50 states, chapters are provided classroom resources along with the opportunity to attend the National Conference where members, teacher leaders, and educators from around the nation come together to showcase the skills they have gained in their education and training programs.

FFA Organization

The FFA Association is the oldest career and technical student organization. Organized in 1928, the FFA is an integral part of the program of agricultural education in the public schools. FFA strengthens instruction for students of agricultural education by providing a laboratory for practical training in agriculture, leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.

Through active participation in the FFA, members learn by taking part in and conducting meetings, speaking in public, participating in events based on occupational skills, earning awards and recognition, and becoming involved in cooperative efforts and community improvement. As new technologies and new job opportunities emerge, so will the need for well-trained and educated people. Getting involved in high school agriculture and the FFA is the first step to a bright future in agriculture.


SkilllsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce by preparing students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations including health occupations and for further education.  The SkillsUSA Maryland Association is one of the nation's strongest with members striving for self-improvement through scholarship, citizenship, and participation in school and community activities.

The national SkillsUSA organization was founded in 1965 with the purposes of fostering a respect for the dignity of work, establishing realistic career goals, creating enthusiasm for learning, and helping students obtain full and rewarding lives. SkillsUSA also promotes high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship, leadership, and safety.

Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

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CTSO Policies and Procedures

Policies & Procedures for Implementing Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in Maryland


Chuck Wallace
Coordinator of Career Programs and Student Organizations, Office of College and Career Pathways
Office: (410) 767-8872

Why Have A CTSO?

Student Benefits

  • Develop essential Skills for Success such as Learning, Thinking Communication, Technology and Interpersonal Skills
  • Gain a positive image through competitive skill events, leadership development, and service projects
  • Serve their communities and nation
  • Gain a competitive edge in the workforce
  • Interact with future employers
  • Scholarships

Teacher Benefits

  • Enhance their academic and career technology education
  • Increase student involvement in the curriculum
  • Improve student attitudes toward learning in the classroom
  • Involve local business and industry support and participation

Business Benefits

  • Gain direct involvement in the preparation of future employees
  • Ensure that the education curriculum reflects current industry practices
  • Support students, schools, and the community through scholarship opportunities