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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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Fall Workshop: October 11, 2019

Annual Meeting: November 7, 2019

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Career and Technical Student Organizations Bringing Home the Gold!
Day at Capital - Group Photo

Wow there has been a lot going on this summer with our Minnesota Career and Technical Student Organizations! They have all had successful state conferences and conventions; many have returned from their National Conferences, doing Minnesota proud with so many medal winners! In the heat of summer, they are already gearing up for another year.

The MFSO is also gearing up for a new year! We are excited to announce the annual MFSO Fall Workshop the afternoon of October 11th. The theme of this year’s workshop will be Building a Better CTSO: Developing, Marketing and Evaluating CTSO Programs. We will have three great presentations: Integrating Financial Literacy into Your Classroom; CTSO Branding and Marketing 101; and Evaluating CTSO Programs through the Lens of Equity. We are able to provide this workshop free of charge to CTSO Executive Directors, Board Members and Advisers but we do require registration.

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

2019 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, 2019. The Biennium Report highlights the activities of the MFSO and the Student Organizations it serves over the past two years.

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What Does the Future Student and Workforce Look Like? A Student Panel of Experts Will Tell You

On February 28th the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations, along with a panel including student leaders from DECA, BPA and SkillsUSA discussed the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

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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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