This is where we compete with ourselves as well as the world.
"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. 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. Each organization plays a significant role in providing opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership development, academic and technical skills and community involvement. The organizations serve to motivate students toward greater accomplishment and provide a system to reward excellence in student and teacher performance."