National Technical Honor Society

The Westfield Technical Academy Chapter of this national organization rewards excellence in vocational and technical education. NTHS membership is the highest scholastic honor awarded for excellence in workforce education in America. Only students who are recommended by the faculty and exhibit the qualities of skilled workmanship, honesty, responsibility, leadership, citizenship, and scholastic achievement are selected into membership.

Purpose of Nationwide NTHS Organization:

The purposes of this organization shall be:

  • to promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership, and skill development among America’s future workforce;
  • to reward scholastic achievement in career and technical education;
  • to assist Society Members in their pursuit of career and educational goals;
  • to help to build and maintain a stronger, more positive image for career and technical students, programs and schools in the local community and throughout the nation;
  • to encourage the practice of high standards of personal and professional conduct and individual responsibility among the membership;
  • to help member schools to initiate and maintain strong working partnerships with local institutions of business, industry and commerce;
  • to hold conferences, workshops and seminars for the education and mutual improvement of the members and to provide opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experiences through meetings, publications and research; and to advance the growth and ideals of the Society throughout the United States of America.

Basis of Member Selection to WTA NTHS:

Characteristics

Characteristics which the candidate regularly exhibits and which have been observed by his/her instructor(s):

  • a desire to pursue a career in his/her course of study,
  • scholastic achievement,
  • honesty,
  • dependability,
  • responsibility,
  • high quality task performance and pride in work performed,
  • cooperation and ability to work well with others,
  • interest in learning,
  • initiative,
  • attendance and punctuality,
  • leadership, and
  • citizenship.

    Academic Achievement Standards

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 (88 for a 100 point scale)
  • For seniors to graduate with Honorary Distinction they must maintain all required characteristics included in this document and GPA requirements through the end of senior year.
    • NTHS members with an overall 4 year GPA of at least 3.5 (88 on 100 point scale) will graduate with the distinction of an Honor Stole.
    • NTHS members with an overall 4 year GPA of at least 4.0 (93 on 100 point scale) will graduate with the distinction of both an Honor Stole and Honor Cord.

      Community Service Achievement Standards

  • Completion of 10 hours per year of service to the school and community with documentation form.
    • A minimum of 5 hours out of the 10 must be served for the promotion of WVTHS at events such as but not limited to our open house giving tours, after school community events, advisory board meetings, and hosting of the annual "into the arts" celebration.
    • Hours served after school on administrative school wide informative committees not connected to other clubs/organizations shall count as service to the school community.
    • Hours spent volunteering outside of the school setting and school hours with another club/organization shall count as service to the community.These Hours are limited to 50% of total.(Such as volunteering at soup kitchen. )
    • Activities relating to sports or sport-sponsored organizations and hours spent at meetings for other clubs/organizations shall not count toward community service hours.

      Students wishing to receive credit for hours served at events not specifically listed here must gain approval of advisor PRIOR to serving hours to avoid disappointment in rejected activities after the fact.

      Conduct Standards

  • Students must be in good standing with and gain application approval of the WTA Compliance Board based on the 'Characteristics' listed above and the following 'Standards of Conduct'.
  • MEMBER STANDARDS OF CONDUCT:
    • Member of the National technical Honor Society pledge to:
      • 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 intents and purposes of NTHS while working to achieve the objectives and goals of the society; and
      • Uphold my obligations as a citizen of my community and my country.

        Application Standards

  • Students must take the initiative to acquire and return the following required paperwork by the deadline to gain membership into the WTA chapter of the NTHS:
    • One completed nomination form from a Shop Teacher
    • One completed nomination form from an Academic Teacher (Other than Related Science)
    • Completed Membership Application
    • Completed Candidate Response Form

      Fundraising Participation Standards

  • Member students must participate in fundraising efforts sufficient to sustain the chapter’s annual expenses in order to maintain their membership.Students who do not participate in fundraising will lose their membership and all associated honors and privileges including but not limited to graduation honors.

Advisor:  Mrs. Andrea Arvanites
Meeting Times:  Weekly
Contact Information: a.arvanites@schoolsofwestfield.org