December 9-10 2019 Birmingham, AL

Alabama JLDC

Save the Date for the 2019 Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference

About JLDC

With nearly 7,000 students, educators, industry leaders, administrators and counselors attending, Alabama’s Joint Leadership Development Conference is the largest non-athletic joint gathering of students in the South Eastern United States for an educational purpose. 

The goal of JLDC is to build Alabama’s College+Career-Ready workforce with employability skills, leadership training, exposure to Alabama’s career opportunities, and increased knowledge of CTE+CTSO opportunities. 

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World of CTSOs

Engage with your state leaders!  Connect with other members! Learn about your organization! In the World of CTSOs, each organization hosts an experience to showcase the very best of their organization has to offer. You walk away knowing more about how you can thrive in your CTE+CTSO!

CTSO+CTE Training

JLDC includes specialized training for each CTSO and CTE program on the first day of the conference. Three-hours of programming will be led by each organization’s state officers to provide their members with the latest updates on key programs and initiatives for your organization. In addition, Alabama State Department of Education staff leads professional development training for advisors and teachers.


Every JLDC features an artist on the rise. At JLDC 2018, attendees enjoyed the musical talents of Jessica Meuse, a competitor on The Voice and top four finalist on American Idol.


Student Leaders


Teachers+ Parents


CTE+CTSO Chapters




School Administrators+ Counselors


Career Clusters


Motivators, Communicators+ Entertainers


CTE+CTSO Programs and Organizations

Why Attend JLDC?

Students attend JLDC each year to: 

  • Learn about the opportunities available to them through Alabama’s CTE+CTSO organizations.
  • Develop employability skills essential to success in college and careers.
  • Strengthen their CTSO+CTE program involvement through specialized programming.
  • Network with 6,000 of their peers with similar goals and aspirations.
  • Connect with CTSO+CTE state officers and student leaders.
  • Be inspired by internationally acclaimed speakers.
  • Have fun preparing for an awesome and bright future!

2018 JLDC Speakers

Stay tuned for 2019 Speaker Lineup

Learn more


Eddie Slowikowski


Stephen Mackey


Jessica Meuse


Jess Ekstrom

Bobby Jon

Bobby Jon Drinkard

Tell Your Story Video Challenge

Whether it is the competition, friendships, travel, or leadership… we know you love your organization. Each year, the Alabama CTE Leadership Council hosts the “Tell Your Story Video Challenge” exclusively for CTE+CTSO organization members. The goal is simple: Capture your story of how your organization has impacted you, your school, and your community. This year’s winner was the FBLA Chapter from Saraland High School who received a $500 prize at JLDC.

Click here to watch the winning submissions

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Save the Date for JLDC 2019

December 9-10 2019