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The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 80,000 active members in 2015 and nearly three quarters of a million since its inception in 1984. Over $225,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to its members. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education

Achievement in the Workforce

NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it. NTHS understands changes in industry within local communities and on a global scale.

The growing demand to fill jobs requiring technical training is one of the hottest topics headlining current news. A recent article published in ForbesAmerica’s Skilled Trades Dilemma: Shortages Loom As Most In-Demand Group of Workers Ages” demonstrates the need to support career and technical education. Through its scholarships, NTHS encourages students to pursue higher education and training in technical fields and supports members in their lifelong commitment to a skilled trade.
Genevieve Stevens, interim dean for instruction at Houston Community College’s central campus, told the Houston Chronicle,
“For two or three generations, the focus has been to go to college, get a degree and in doing so you will ensure a brighter future with more access to employment,”  “We started focusing on academic instruction, but left behind the notion of work-force education. However, in a two-year institution that costs less, the average work-force student can come out of that program with skills to gain immediate employment.” Stevens’ profound statement resonates with the vision and mission of the National Technical Honor Society. 

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The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship Foundation awarded over $175,000 in 2015 to NTHS members. It is our belief that CTE students must be supported and encouraged to seek higher education in today’s highly competitive global community. Aware of the increasing costs to attend post-secondary schools, NTHS is dedicated to providing scholarships to career and technical education students who choose a skilled trade as their career. 

Partnering with other Career and Technical Student Organizations such as SkillsUSA and Hosa, we connect our students to every scholarship opportunity during their educational experience. Membership with NTHS is vital to students who choose a direct path to CTE from high school, or adults who return to school seeking a new or more fulfilling career path.

NTHS greatly appreciates corporate partners and welcomes other partnerships who share in the belief that supporting skilled trades is a critical link to healthy economies, thriving communities, and happy employees. Since the G.I Bill in 1944, families have viewed college as part of the American dream, yet the rising costs of attending a postsecondary school often hinder gifted students who wish to pursue a skilled trade.

Support our Jon H. Poteat Scholarship Foundation and support career and technical education students. Let’s fill jobs together! 

Excellence in Career and Technical Education

Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have established a NTHS chapter on their campus. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, awards scholarships, and cultivates excellence in tomorrow's workforce. Education is a critical and integral element that advances economies, and NTHS forges positive relationships with high schools, technical institutions and colleges to promote higher learning. Knowing the need for members to pursue higher degrees, NTHS strives to build bridges between secondary schools and post-secondary technical institutions, and colleges.

In addition, NTHS partners with the National Association of State Directors for Career Technical Education Consortium through a nationally recognized blog on CTE.org. Through leadership, advocacy and partnerships like the National Technical Honor Society, NASDCTEc aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy. Discover NTHS and connect to your global CTE community.

Start a chapter today, apply for NTHS scholarship opportunities, and make your mark among the best in career and technical education.

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