National Technical Honor Society

Why be a member in NTHS?

NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and its territories have a chapter of the honor society on their campus.

Who we are...

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members and nearly a million members since its inception in 1984. Awarding over $2 million in scholarships to date, 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. An article published in Forbes “America’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.

Dr. 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,” she said. “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.

Scholarships for Higher Education

The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship Foundation will award $250,000 in 2018 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 many scholarship opportunities 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.