What is NTHS?

NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career & technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workplace.

The purpose of NTHS is to:

  • Recognize and honor excellence in career and technical education,
  • Encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement, develop self-esteem and pride,
  • Champion a stronger, more positive image for career and technical education in America,
  • Promote critical workplace values- including skill development, honesty, responsibility, service , citizenship and leadership,
  • Help member schools and colleges build and maintain effective partnerships with local business and industry,
  • Provide greater career opportunities for members and
  • Promote educational excellence in America.

Candidates for membership:

  • Must be enrolled in at least one Career and Technical Education class in high school,
  • Meet local and national membership standards,
  • Be nominated by their instructor(s)
  • Be approved by the local administration.

Must exhibit the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate scholastic achievement
  • Show progress in skill and knowledge development
  • Exhibit pride in themselves and in their work
  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility and dependability
  • Have the ability to work well with others
  • Show leadership, and good citizenship
  • Requirements/Standards for Membership Induction
  • Student must be in grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.5 for a 4 point scale
  • Must have a overall GPA in CTE classes 3.5 for a 4 point scale
  • Receive Teacher nomination
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Benefits include:

  • NTHS membership materials including: custom certificate, presentation folder, member pin, ID card, window decal, white tassel, official NTHS diploma seal and general letter of recommendation customized for each student’s career portfolio.
  • Access to the secure online career center for a period of one year after graduation.
  • NTHS scholarship opportunities including the Jon H. Poteat scholarship and others through our career/technical student organization partners.
  • Access to requesting specific letters of recommendation for employment, college, or scholarships for a period of one year after graduation.
  • Recruitment opportunities by top U.S colleges and corporations.

Requirements/Standards for Active Membership:

  • Maintain GPA, attendance and discipline requirements for induction
  • Attend NTHS meetings (1 each six weeks)
  • Participate in NTHS activity, and community service events (NTHS will have 2 per semester)
  • Earn 16 hours community service per year (Half from NTHS activity)

Costs to Join

Induction Fee: $15 –  includes a custom certificate, presentation folder, ID card, member pin, diploma seal, decal and white graduation tassel with the NTHS drop. Annual Yearly Dues are $15.

The local chapter will hold a meeting once a grading period. If additional meetings are needed they will be called by the president or sponsor(s).

Official Colors – The colors of the National Technical Honor Society shall be silver, white and purple.

Official Emblem – The official emblem of the organization shall be a shield crossed by a scroll bearing the letter “NTHS”. Above the shield shall be the head of the American Bald Eagle with a wreath of seven stars circling the eagle’s head.

Official Insignia – The official insignia has an arch upon which the seven attributes of the membership, the year the society was established and with the motto of the insignia inscribed on the foundation of the arch.

Official Motto – The official motto of the organization shall be: “Felicitas Menti Instructae Favet” which translated reads “Success Favors the Prepared Mind.”