HOUSTON – Nov. 2, 2018 – Showing the continued strength of the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings, 236 Spring ISD seniors from around the district were inducted recently into the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony held at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School and attended by Spring Board Trustees, family members, teachers, principals and other district leaders who came out to show their support.
The nonprofit group serves as a U.S. honor society for students enrolled in occupational, vocational or technical programs and career pathways. Chapters are based all across the U.S., and active membership includes traditional high school students as well as students enrolled at vo-tech centers, technical and community colleges, and private occupational training institutions.
“We’re so proud of our scholars for their achievement,” said Spring ISD Career and Technical Education Director Cynthia Williams. “This is a competitive national honor society, and the induction of such a large group of Spring ISD students says a lot about their commitment to excellence and the commitment of their CTE teachers to their success.”
Eligibility for membership in the National Technical Honor Society is based on a number of factors, including GPA in core academic classes and CTE classes, attendance, instructor nominations, and a proven track record of CTE involvement and engagement. Dekaney High School, Spring High School, Westfield High School and Carl Wunsche Sr. High School were all represented by students joining the honor society during the ceremony.
“In addition to rewarding and celebrating student achievement,” Williams said, “an important purpose driving the work of the National Technical Honor Society is to develop a stronger, positive image and generate support for technical and occupational education in this country. That’s a mission that we in Spring ISD’s CTE Department also believe in strongly. It’s about meeting the needs of all students.”
The National Technical Honor Society highlights the achievements of high-performing CTE students; awards scholarships to support students’ educational goals; and works to encourage the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce ready to meet current and future workplace needs. Their official slogan is: “Excellence in America’s Workforce Begins with Excellence in Workforce Education.”
The group currently serves about 100,000 active members, and has welcomed nearly a million students into the organization since its 1984 founding. According to the group’s website, “For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.”