School is the basis of learning and knowledge that is applied all throughout life. The amount of knowledge available is overwhelming. Vocational students can take this knowledge to the next level by learning the skills that will enable them to apply this knowledge to their work. The benefits of a vocational education are great. Now, some of these students are getting the chance to get rewarded for their efforts. The National Technical Honor Society can take students to higher levels and reward them for all of their hard work and devotion. Since 1984, this organization has grown to 1500 member schools and colleges around the world.
This non-profit organization follows a five-point purpose that describes the organization.
To reward excellence in workforce education
To develop self-esteem, pride and encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement
To promote business and industry's critical work-place values - honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, productivity, leadership, and citizenship
To help schools build and maintain effective partnerships with local business and industry
To champion a stronger, more positive image for workforce education in America
The student has many responsibilities when applying and while a member of the organization. When applying, the student has to have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. They cannot miss more than three days of school per grading period and recommendations by their shop teacher and two other teachers of their choice are required.
The pledge also describes the obligations and responsibilities of an applicant or a member. The pledge is,
Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct at all times;
Strive for excellence in all aspects of my education and employment;
Refuse to engage in or condone activities for personal gain at the expense of my fellow students, my school or my employer;
Support the mission and purposes of NTHS while working to achieve the objectives and goals of the society; and
Fulfill my obligations as a citizen of my community and of my country.
Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center is in its first year of participation in the organization. The C.W.C.T.C. sponsors of the organization are Mrs. Evkovich, Math Instructor; and Mrs. Murphy, Math Instructor. An adviser to the society once said that, "...this is an excellent opportunity to give some of our students the recognition they deserve. Not everyone associates vocational education with top ranking students. These members are top ranking students in vocational education. They are to be commended."
National Technical Honor Society Members 2009-2010
J. Michael Fleming