More than 500 high school students in the Clear Creek Independent School District were honored by the National Technical Honor Society on Tuesday, November 10. First and second year Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from six CCISD high schools who qualified for the honor received certificates.
“The CTE program provides our students with a foundation for career success by integrating rigorous academic content with job-specific technical skills and hands-on learning,” explained CTE Director Dana Morgan. “Our goal is to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and in a world that is increasingly oriented toward highly skilled jobs. Through rigorous technical instruction, students are able to gain hands-on experience by actively participating in authentic real-world problem solving and projects.”
CCISD believes Career and Technical Education makes learning relevant by preparing students for a wide range of careers such as health care and medical science, business and marketing, hospitality, engineering, logistics, metal manufacturing, construction technology, automotive technology, computer science, digital, video and graphic communications and information technology.
Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith told the crowd of students, “There are 1.4 million jobs available in Houston in the ‘hard to fill’ category because they require the skills you are learning or have already acquired. Those jobs are in the petrochemical, construction, oil and gas and health care. The National Technical Honor Society is one way to get a leg-up on the competition and move you to the head of the headhunter list.”
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an organization that allows top CTE students to be recognized for their success in their various Career Fields. The NTHS was established in 1984 to reward excellence in technical education, encourage students to reach for higher levels of achievement, promote business and industry's critical career-based values and help schools build and maintain effective partnerships with local business and industry.