About CTE, CTSOs and the Oregon CTE
Student Leadership Foundation
Career Technical Education (CTE), Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), and the Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation work together with the Oregon Department of Education to provide premier programs, professional growth, and personal success for Oregon’s future workforce.
About CTE — Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) is the discipline of education concentrating on developing college and career ready graduates through applied academics and employability skills training.
CTE believes that all education is career technical education. CTE is not just for students who are not college bound. CTE is for all students who are career bound.
Whether the next step upon graduation is an entry-level job, apprentice program, or college, CTE aims to foster the advancement of students prepared to take the next natural step toward their career choice. CTE achieves this by translating academics into relevant knowledge and employability skills necessary for students to achieve success in the full spectrum of career choices.
CTE believes every student has the opportunity to be an “MVP” in the world of work. The Mission, Vision and Purpose of CTE is:
- Mission: To develop economically contributing members of society who can access careers for a lifetime.
- Vision: To ensure all students are able to identify, apply, and integrate educational disciplines to understand complex problems and create innovative and positive solutions in their lives.
- Purpose: To provide students the knowledge and skills needed to be personally responsible, civically engaged, leadership oriented, globally aware citizens who respect, appreciate, and support our country’s diverse families, communities, and industries.
CTE (Career Technical Education) is learning that works for Oregon. CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness. CTE is developing our most valuable resource - our people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience, they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers- and keep America working - in every sense of the word. CTE is organized by a national framework called Career Clusters™, which presents a complete range of related career options to students of all ages, helps them discover their interests and passions, and empowers them to choose the education pathway that can lead to success in high school, college, and their chosen career. CTE is leading change, transforming expectations and making the difference for students, for high schools and colleges, for business and industry, for Oregon and for America.
Resources to learn more about CTE:
About CTSOs — Career Technical Student Organizations
CTSOs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Oregon Department of Education as an inter-curricular core component of CTE that supports and enhances academics and career related learning.
- CTSOs are a dynamic tool for developing collaboration and teamwork; creative and critical thinking; leadership and service; responsibility and attitude; and, communication and technical skills.
- CTSOs provide a direct connection to the global economy and the high standards expected of industry through more than 300 projects, programs, and career development competitions.
- CTSOs are the place where education, industry, and community meet to work collaboratively to prepare every student to be successful in life after graduation.
- CTSOs provide local, regional, state, national and international events and programs for students to explore careers, attend leadership conferences, develop professionalism, and develop their network.
Oregon is home to six of the eight Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:
National resources to learn more about CTSOs
About CTSO Operations
Oregon’s CTSOs operate in a public-private partnership structure. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is granted the State Charter to operate and support CTSOs. Using federal and state resources, ODE provides base funding to the Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation, an Oregon nonprofit corporation. This Foundation then administers and monitors grants on behalf of ODE to the six CTSOs to support operations and program administration in middle schools and high schools throughout Oregon.
With this base funding, Oregon’s CTSOs then raise private sector funding for career and leadership development programs, events, competitions, and scholarships. The primary source of private sector funding comes from student participants with some supplemental funding from local schools, individual donors, charities and industry. For every $1 granted through public sources, the CTSOs are able to attract at least $5 in private resources making public contribution to CTSOs a sound investment in Oregon’s future.
The six CTSO nonprofit organizations bring together diverse stakeholders of students, teachers, parents, administrators, alumni, and industry leaders to make policy and strategic decisions for their organization that advance opportunities for Oregon’s students.
About the Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation
The Oregon CTE Student Leadership Foundation (the Foundation) is a nonprofit corporation founded jointly by all of Oregon’s CTSOs to provide coordination, collaboration, and continuity of services amongst its member CTSOs.
- The Foundation works to attract industry partners and community leaders who see the value and importance of investing in CTSOs today to build Oregon’s high performance workforce of tomorrow.
- The Foundation annually funds, administers and oversees funding to the CTSOs from government, charitable, and industry groups.
- The Foundation supports administration of CTSOs by providing technical support, coordinating the exchange of best practices and innovations, and facilitating the sharing of resources amongst the member CTSOs.
- The Foundation coordinates joint CTSO activities ranging from leadership and professional development events to public relations and advocacy efforts.
- The Foundation manages special projects aimed at expanding the effectiveness and efficiency of CTSOs throughout Oregon.
While each CTSO retains the autonomy to work individually with their national parent organization and the Oregon Department of Education to advance opportunities for students, all the CTSOs recognize the value of working together to collectively provide premier programs, professional growth, and personal success for Oregon’s future workforce.