Kentucky CTSO

CTSO Support

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) supports Career and Technical Education Student Organiztions (CTSOs). KACTE believes support of CTSOs contributes to strengthing the profession and encouraging development of future CTE teachers and administrators. A KACTE representative attends and participates in the regular meetings of the Kentucky Department of Education CTSO Advisers.

KACTE supports CTSOs with two annual activities, Student Leadership Day and the KACTE Entrepreneurial Contest. KACTE also provides support for one-time projects based on requests. For the past three years, KACTE has purchsed the books for the annual Unite to Read program that CTSOs organize to improve reading skills among elementary students.

Student Leadership Day occurs annually in February, which is Career and Technical Education Month. It offers CTSO local, regional and state officers and members a civics learning opportunity in Frankfort. Information and Registration Form for Student Leadership Day may be found in the Leadearship subpage of this section.

The KACTE Entrepreneurial Contest is administered by the State CTSO Advisers. KACTE provides the cash awards for the first four places in the contest. Information on the contest is available from the Kentucy Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education. KACTE helped develop documents to encourage entrepreneurism among students. Thsse documents may be found in the Entrepreneurship subpage of this section.

In 2012, KACTE Executive Director Mike Stone, in cooperation with the State CTSO Advisers wrote a white paper on the value of CTSOs in Kentucky. KACTE published Real Return on Investment, and copies were distributed through the Kentucky Department of Education, to the Kentucky General Assembly, and with partners and stakeholders that support Career and Technical Education. A link to the PDF version of the paper appears below.

Real Return on Investment (PDF)

Leadership Day

Student Leadership Day is presented by the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education and is held during National Career and Technical Education Month (February).

The goal of Student Leadership Day is to raise visibility and demonstrate excellence of Career and Technical Education programs by providing officers and members of Career and Technical Education Student Organizations a leadership activity that addresses Kentucky’s Learning Goals and Academic Expectations.

Student Leadership Day is designed to encourage these future leaders to be responsible citizens. A two-hour legislative awareness program features presentations by Kentucky legislators, on the role of lobbyists, and from students who role-play the proper way to present an issue to legislators.

Information on Student Leadership Day is available by October 1 of each year, and the Registration form is available by November 1 of each year.

Announcing the 21st Student Leadership Day, Feb. 21, 2023
Registration Form for 21st Student Leadership Day, Feb. 21, 2023
Guidelines for Meeting with Legislators, Capitol Tours

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