Student Organizations

Aldine ISD CTSO Membership Policy

Aldine ISD Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral part of career and technical education instructional programs. These organizations provide students with the opportunity to enhance their career, employability and leadership skills through a variety of activities, such as conferences, award programs and competitive events. Events and activities are conducted at the local, state and national levels. CTSO programs and competitive events reflect current standards and competencies for the education programs that they support. Students are encouraged to be members of the career technical student organization for the CTE program in which they are currently enrolled. Teachers infuse the organization’s activities into the instructional programs, thereby enabling students to see and immerse themselves in the real-world connections to their academic studies.

CTSO Principles

  • Leadership development is foremost among the goals for career and technical student organizations.
  • CTSOs strengthen academic as well as career and technical skills of students by providing contextual learning experiences as part of classroom lessons.
  • CTSOs are educational laboratories in which students learn how to develop their leadership skills and professional potential by setting and accomplishing goals and tackling projects that promote problem-solving skills.
  • CTSOs build on students’ interests and help motivate the student to strive toward educational excellence.
  • Leadership and career development of students is achieved by their participation in community projects and through networking with business and industry.
  • CTSOs are student organizations governed by and for students.

CTSO Membership

  • Student members should currently be or formerly been enrolled in the approved CTE program served by the CTSO in which they are members. Activities and competitive events of the organization reflect the educational content of the CTE instructional area and are based on industry standards.
  • A local chapter can only be established or chartered in the school which has the appropriate approved CTE program for that organization.
  • All members must pay dues for both the state and national levels of the organization. Local membership dues payment is a local chapter/school decision.
  • A student may be a member of more than one CTSO if the student is currently enrolled in, or has been enrolled in more than one appropriate, approved CTE program.
  • The funding source of state and national dues must be a local chapter/school decision. Options are individual student payment, chapter payment, or school payment.
  • CTSOs must provide an equal opportunity for participation for all student members regardless of race, national origin, creed, and gender, location of school or disability. CTSOs should especially focus on efforts to increase the participation of students who are members of special populations.


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National Technical Honor Society

Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have a chapter of the honor society on their campus. These member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today's highly competitive workplace.


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Skills USA

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