Student leaders visit Pierre for CTSO Capital City Experience

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023

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Student leaders visit Pierre for CTSO Capital City Experience


PIERRE, S.D. – February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, ­­35 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 7-8, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ (CTSO) Capital City Experience. Students shadowed legislators at committee meetings, observed House and Senate floor sessions, and learned about a variety of career opportunities in public service.


“Career and technical education is proven effective at preparing students for the future,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Joseph Graves. “Through hands-on learning, students explore high-demand careers. Career and technical student organizations allow students to take their learning to the next level through leadership training and collaboration with their peers.”


The following CTSOs are active in South Dakota: Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) – marketing, finance, hospitality, and management; Educators Rising; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America); HOSA-Future Health Professionals; and SkillsUSA – trade, technology, and manufacturing.


Career and technical education equips students with academic skills and the ability to apply those skills for careers and life. CTE emphasizes employability skills like critical thinking, responsibility, and technical skills related to specific career pathways.