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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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Annual Meeting: November 7, 2019

MFSO Board Meeting, February 6th, 2020


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Happy Holidays from the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations
2019 Central Region Leadership Conference

It has been a busy fall for our Career and Technical Student Organizations! Our CTSOs are kicking off the school year with their annual Leadership Conferences, each electing new state officers for the upcoming 2020 school year.

We are excited for Minnesota DECA to be hosting the regional leadership conference this year. On December 6th, students from across the region will arrive in Minneapolis for three jam-packed days of excitement! The conference and activities will take place at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel. "All Eyes North"promises to provide the ultimate DECA experience with local industry tours, the "Bold North Gala",amazing speakers and breakout sessions, and so much more! For more information, visit the Minnesota DECA website www.mndeca.org.

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




Building a Better CTSO: Developing, Marketing and Evaluating CTSO Programs

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an essential part of the Career and Technical Education Programs in Minnesota. The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations wants to ensure our CTSOs have the tools necessary to be successful! Our annual workshop focused on developing, marketing and evaluating CTSO Programs.

In every career pathway, financial literacy is key to student success! The first presentation of the day featured Best Prep’s program: Financial Matters. The program brings volunteers into the classroom to educate students on a variety of real-life financial topics from credit and budgeting to buying a car and insurance. The presentation can be found here: Financial Matters

The second presentation was centered onmarketing and branding CTSOs. Marketing and Branding expert, TJ Lind discussed how to increase membership and engagement through a successful CTSO campaign. The presentation can be found here: Marketing and Branding

The afternoon concluded with Eva Scates-Winston, Minnesota State CTE Equity Specialist leading a discussion on evaluating CTSO programs through the lens of equity. Encouraging CTSOs to successfully incorporate equity and inclusion goals into programming. The presentation can be found here: CTSO Program Equity


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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