Trevor Sandefur

Ohio Hi-Point’s Bellefontaine Campus held its first CTSO Day on Friday, Sept. 16. The CTSO Day was designed to celebrate the career technical student organizations (CTSO) associated with Ohio Hi-Point’s career programs.

CTSOs enhance student learning through real-world application, leadership development, and personal growth. On the Bellefontaine Campus, students are associated with one of the following organizations: SkillsUSA, HOSA, FCCLA, and FFA. To kick off the day, students were grouped by CTSO to learn more about their student organization and the leadership and event competitions available on the regional, state, and national level within the CTSO. After the large group activities, students broke into smaller groups and participated in team building activities.

Throughout the year, students will prepare for career-specific competitions, complete community service activities, and participate in leadership seminars and workshops. Ohio Hi-Point students have held officer roles on the regional and state levels, placed in state and national competitions, and have coordinated yearly community service projects around the district.

According to the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations, students who participate in CTSOs demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement and motivation, civic engagements, career self-efficacy, and employability skills than other students.

Today’s CTSO Day is the first of many CTSO Days to be held this school year.