Where can I find more resources specific to my CTSO?
There are a lot of resources available! Contact your Mentor Advisor, visit www.nmctso.com, visit CTE’s National website, visit your CTSO’s National website
What is the award amount?
Payouts are based upon the number of complete applications. CTLP has set aside a portion of their budget for the Chapter Incentive Program and will disperse the entire amount, evenly, among the chapters who qualify. For this reason, CTLP is unable to give a specific award amount until it is known how many chapters apply with complete applications.
Can I just add my name to the sample bylaws and turn them in?
No. Your constitution or bylaws are your opportunity to put in writing who you are, how you operate, and what you stand for! Your bylaws guide your chapter in conducting business at the local level. Please take the opportunity to develop your bylaws, as needs change, to ensure fairness and protect the interests of your chapter.
How do we document our CTSO information on the school calendar?
Calendars take many forms in the various campus sites. If your school maintains an online calendar, take a screen-shot. School publications which include calendar information would qualify, as would documentation of campus-wide calendar announcements, school-wide social media events…. The point is to promote your activities to the entire campus. Let’s not keep your good work a secret!
Is there a difference between Community Service and Service Learning?
Yes! Both practices benefit both your students as well as the entities they serve. Community Service is more common. In service learning, the activity is a form of experiential learning that is integrated with the academic curriculum and context. Service learning also includes reflection activities as students apply the classroom learning in real-life situations. If your chapter would like recognition for volunteer service (of either nature), please consider the President’s Volunteer Service Award https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
What is an active chapter?
CTLP defines an active chapter as one that has affiliated and paid dues for at least twelve members and is having regular meetings to establish the foundational practices of their chapter (i.e. bylaws, constitution, elected positions, program of work, etc.).
What is a Benefits of Award Statement?
The Benefit of Award Statement is a required synopsis explaining how anticipated grant funds might measurably support your chapter’s development. These projected benefits must be measurable to be considered complete (i.e. increased state conference attendance by five members, 10% increased chapter membership…). If, in these brief summaries, the committee cannot determine quantifiably how your chapter will improve, be supported, or expanded with additional funding, your Benefits of Award Statement will be deemed incomplete, and therefore, disqualify your application.
Do non-monetary sponsorships qualify for the established chapter requirement?
Yes! Strong chapter sponsorships can be in many forms. For a non-monetary sponsorship, proper documentation would be required from the sponsoring entity to prove receipt for Chapter Incentive Program purposes. Documentation should include contact information for the donor and specify the provided donation (i.e. materials, volunteer hours, use of equipment, etc.)
What evidence is needed to meet the Presentation to Administrator and/or School Board requirement?
At a minimum, the application should include the official agenda or invitation for the presentation which includes the CTSO. Evidence is strengthened with photographic documentation or minutes of the meeting which confirm chapter active participation in the meeting. This meeting must happen prior to the application deadline to qualify.
What evidence is needed to demonstrate that our CTSO is part of the curricula?
According to the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO), CTSOs work as an integral component of the classroom curriculum and instruction; therefore, evidence should reveal how resources from your CTSO build upon employability and career skills and concepts through the application and engagement of students in hands-on demonstrations and real life and/or work experiences through your Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Acceptable evidence cannot be an introduction to the CTSO (mentioned it in class) or a copy of your lesson plan book; rather, it needs to be a specific lesson where you’ve incorporate a program, a competitive event, a skill-set, etc. from your CTSO. Many of the CTSOs have specific lesson plans from their various programs that can be used. Please provide the handouts, lesson plan agenda, and the corresponding program or handouts from the CTSO’s national website or guidebooks.