LITTLE ROCK - Career and Technical Education (CTE) helps students acquire skills needed to begin the path to their occupational goals through occupational program areas. These occupational program areas are Agriculture Science and Technology; Business and Marketing Technology; Family and Consumer Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM); and Trade and Industry. Upon completion of the program area courses, students will possess marketable job skills as well as college and career readiness skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path.
Each occupational program area has an accompanying Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). According to the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO), CTSOs "enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership, and personal development, applied learning and real-world application." Students who are members of a CTSO have the opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to be successful in his or her chosen career path through CTSO activities, programs, and competitive events. Students also have the opportunity to hold leadership positions at the local, state, and national level and attend development conferences to network with other students and business/industry partners.
The CTSOs offered in schools across Arkansas are:
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America)
HOSA (Future Health Professionals)
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Career and Technical Education Month® celebrates the accomplishments of the students, teachers, and staff in CTE programs across the state. Read some of their stories:
Ashley Turner and FCCLA
(Photo: Arkansas Career and Technical Education students, teachers, and state leaders meet with Governor Asa Hutchinson as he proclaims February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®)