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WE SERVE ALABAMA CTSOs + CTE PROGRAMS
CTSOs serve business and industry and the overall economy of the state of Alabama by investing in the youth of today so that they can become the workforce leaders of tomorrow.
CTSOs are authorized by the United States Congress in the newly authorized Perkins V statute of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and endorced by the United States Department of Education. CTSOs are a powerful avenue for helping our nation address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic vitality and global competitiveness.
The foundation of CTSOs built upon Career and Technical Education (CTE), education designed to prepare students for their future world of work. CTE can be traced back all the way to the founding of the United States. From the beginning, our founding leaders knew the value of having a skilled and knowledgeable society. Since the 18th century, education in the U.S. has always had a framework that specifically encompassed a connection between education and preparation for the workforce. It was in the early 1900s when vocational education was officially signed into law, launching the public endorsement and funding allocations in Career and Technical Education at the federal level.
ALABAMA CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Career and Technical Student Organizations are comprised of seven (7) not-for-profit organizations in Alabama specifically authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Perkins Act provides over $1 billion in state grants to annually serve more than 14 million students nationwide. The Alabama State Department of Education has been granted the operating charter for each CTSO by their respective national organization. Alabama also recognizes two CTE leadership programs in Alabama for the work they do for our students and economy.
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