How to Start an SPO

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How to Start a CTSO
Career & Technical Student Organization
Kit Alvarez, CRYROP
CTSO Background
Many CTSOs are in their 70th year
They provide opportunities beyond the
classroom and enhance curricula
Each CTSO has its own requirements related to
one or a sequence of courses
Most are co-curricular, i.e. materials and
resources enhance core curriculum
Most have Web-based registration and
They utilize business & industry ties to stay
current and relevant for student activities and
CTSOs Recognized by US
Department of Education
DECA – Distributive
Education Clubs of
FBLA – Future Business
Leaders of America
FFA – Future Farmers of
FHA – Future
Homemakers of America
HERO – Home
Economics Related
TSA – Technology
Student Association
HOSA – Health
Occupations Students of
VICA – Vocational
Industrial Clubs of
BPA – Business
Professionals of America
NYFEA – National Young
Farmers Educational
Gain Administrative Approval
Administrative support is crucial to success
Obtain appointment with administrator to present
Written proposal includes:
 Supporting
 Outline of purpose
 Philosophy and mission statement
 Benefits to students and school
 Relationship to curriculum
 Cites success chapters in other districts
Contact State CTSO
Representative for Pathway
Resources to locate representative
 Local
chapter advisor in your area
 National Association
Obtain handbook and official guidelines
 State/Nations
 Template for school site constitution
 Sample program activities & leadership materials
 Forms & supply catalogs
 Information on Activities, contests, & awards
All materials available are relevant
Characteristics of a Successful
Capable officers
 Challenging program
 Adequate financing
 Shared responsibilities
 Appropriated equipment and supplies
 Complete records
 Cooperative administration, faculty and
student involvement
Generate Student Interest
Motivate membership
 Facilitate a positive attitude
 Effective promotion
 Highlight
 Guest speakers from local chapters
 Engaging initial activities to involve students
 Opportunity for student interface
 Provide time for discussion, Q & A
Communicate with Parents
Letters, fliers, handouts, brochures
Parent night for discussion
Invite parents to attend a meeting
Generate visibility and community support
Focus on benefits
 Occupational
 Class performance and conduct
 Citizenship and scholastic achievement
 Time management & personal development
 Employment opportunity & increased earnings
Conduct Meetings
Reference State materials & guidelines
 Discuss leadership qualities
 Develop an agenda
 Purpose
of Organization
 Relationship to growth of future members
 Organizational structure
 Duties and responsibilities
 Positions within organization
Teach how to conduct a business meeting
Student Orientation
Promote organization
 In
 Individual contacts
Integrate CTSO activities into curriculum
 Demonstrate relevancy of activity to students
 Solicit student involvement
Develop Constitution & By-laws
Reference handbook for State and
National constitution & by-laws
 Constitution addresses long-range
principles and fundamental laws
 By-laws address operational procedures
and can be revised
 Establish sub-committee for development
 Obtain administrative approval
Develop Constitution & By-laws
Local chapter issues
 Duties
of officers
 Election procedures
 Meeting schedule
 Financing for chapter activities
 Member responsibilities
Cross reference with
 School
policy & Ed. Code
 State & national organizations
Affiliate with State & National
Students should vote on & pass motion to
affiliate with State & national organizations
 File application for chapter representative with
appropriate State & National officers
 Obtain Certificate of Charter
 Participate in sponsored State and local area
 Display charter is appropriate location
References and Examples
VICA Vocational Industrial Clubs of America
DECA Distributive Education Clubs of America
HOSA Health Occupations Students of America
FFA Future Farmers of America
FBLA Future Business Leaders of America
FCCLA Family Community, and Career Leaders
of America
NVTHS National Vo-Tech Honor Society