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.
    1. To reward excellence in workforce education
    2. To develop self-esteem, pride and encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement
    3. To promote business and industry's critical work-place values - honesty, responsibility, initiative, teamwork, productivity, leadership, and citizenship
    4. To help schools build and maintain effective partnerships with local business and industry
    5. 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

    Current Members:
    Damon Gongaware
    Daniel Barron
    Justin Werner

    Dominic Papa
    Liz Panzo
    Karlie Roberts
    Ashley Fennel
    Michelle Duffy
    Staci Fix
    Katherine Miller
    Zack Warrick
    Lindsey Cable
    Aubrey Kistner

    New Members:
    Cody Fine
    Brandon Mowry
    Dan Ruscak
    Jacob Kozain
    John Morgart
    Tatiana Bone
    Kari Laski
    Michele Maraugha
    Stephanie Sanner
    Ali Santmyer
    Melissia Vought
    John Anderson
    John Baughman
    Alan Kantorik
    Steve Thornburg
    Rachel Mackey
    Jessica Leadbitter
    Marissa Schweikert
    Andrea Cochenour
    Joann Nestler
    Tyler Gasper
    Maxx Biesuz
    Joshua Wolfe
    Nathan Globosky
    Scott Wildey
    J. Michael Fleming
    Wayne Sebek
    Katelin Williams
    Roxanne Drag
    James Shaffer
    Rachael Zimmerman