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The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations (MFSO) promotes and supports career and technical student organizations as they work to provide student opportunities for leadership, personal development, community service and career preparation.

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Committee Meeting, Dec 11th, 2018
Day at the Capitol, Feb 5th, 2019
MFSO Board Meeting, Feb 7th, 2019

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Happy Holidays from the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations
2018 SkillsUSA State Officer Team with Senator Amy Klouchar and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

It has been a busy fall for our Career and Technical Student Organizations! All of the CTSOs have kicked off the school year with their annual Leadership Conferences, each electing new state officers for the upcoming 2019 school year. With CTE in the spotlight, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter addressed the SkillsUSA delegation at Saint Paul College. Congratulations to all of our CTSOs on successful leadership conferences!

The MFSO would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season!


Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Underserved Populations

The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations (MFSO) has made it a priority to focus on ensuring nontraditional, underserved, and special populations have an opportunity to engage in meaning participation in career and technical student organizations. Part of that effort has been addressing “poverty in the classroom”. The MFSO has encouraged poverty awareness training directly through Communications Across Barriers with Dr. Donna Beegle. The MFSO also certified its Executive Director, (Emily Saed) as a Poverty Awareness Coach, allowing her to provide individualized support to CTSO Advisors across the state.

The MFSO has had great success administering this project with its partners: the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The 2018 report was recently completed and can be found here: Overcoming Barriers: Supporting Nontraditional, Underserved and Special Populations.

The MFSO was recently mentioned by the74million.org in the article When Co-Curriculars Spark Careers: Over 80 Years, How ‘Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Have Evolved From Bricklaying to Business Management to Robotics. www.the74million.org


2017 Biennium Report

The MFSO is required by law (M.S. 124D.34, Subd. 10) to file a Biennium Report every two years. The most recent was filed February, 2017. The Biennium Report highlights the activities of the MFSO and the Student Organizations it serves over the past two years.

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Overcoming Barriers

The MFSO has made it a priority to focus on ensuring nontraditional, underserved, and special populations have an opportunity to engage in meaning participation in career and technical student organizations. This past biennium the MFSO had great success with this project.

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CTSOs Support Students in Poverty

The MFSO was featured as a speaker at the 2017 ACTE Vision Conference in Nashville TN. The session provided an overview of how Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) can play a supportive role addressing students in poverty.

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