Our mission is to strengthen Alabama’s workforce readiness and state economy by providing today’s youth with the training, skills, and experience necessary to become contributing members of society. Through collaboration between education and industry, CTSOs promote industry-relevant learning and leadership development by serving as stewards for the Alabama workforce pipeline.
The technical expertise and certifications provided in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs is not enough to be successful in the workforce. Students need essential soft skills and 21st century skills of how to work in teams, solve complex challenges, and communicate and collaborate. These skills come to life through real-world experiences in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).
CTSOs get students involved outside of the classroom and provides them in an immersive technical learning environment. Students have opportunities for work-based learning, career development, internships and employment. Through the CTSO approach to education, students earn a holistic learning experience and are better prepared to enter the workforce.
For every $1 invested in CTSO and Career and Technical Education programs, there is an amplified return of $10 to the state’s economy. Partnership and investment from the community and industry is the key lever that makes the CTSO experience possible and generates additional support. This funding model is inclusive of all stakeholders – parents, industry, federal/state/local sources, and the students themselves. With everyone invested, everyone has ownership, and Alabama wins.