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Student Organizations

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work -- high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Your Campus Chapter: To find your campus chapter, visit the SkillsUSA Tennessee State Association. Students participate in various activities throughout the year including leadership training, community service, and competition.

Mission: SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.

National Membership: More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 9.9 million members.

Partners: In 2009, more than 16,600 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 business, industry, and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

National Technical Honor Society

National Technical Honor Society (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.

Mission: To honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

Vision: To be the leader in providing recognition for excellence in career and technical education and creating significant occupational opportunities for America's top workforce education students.

NTHS Criteria for Nomination:

Student is not eligible is he/she is on probation for any reason.

Completion of 864 hours.

A cumulative grade average (Theory, Skill and Worker Characteristics) of an “A” on the transcript. An “A” is defined by the given criteria for the specific program in which the student is enrolled.

Student must have a good attendance record, being present for at least 95% of the total scheduled hours at the point of nomination.

Student shows ability to follow directions, attends classes regularly, safety conscious, exhibits good teamwork skills, takes pride in work, involved in community service activities of the school, is dependable, responsible and honest, exhibits a positive attitude, exhibits leadership and good citizenship, and shows initiative.

NTHS Criteria for Membership:

Approval by the Chapter Advisory Committee.

Submit application with $30 fee.

Submit professional letter of recommendation (not family or friend)

Submit a 100 word typed statement discussing, “Why Being a Member of the NTHS is Important to Me”.

To Remain Active:

Student must maintain the above criteria.

At the end of the term after induction and the graduating term, the instructor must verify that the student is still meeting the minimum criteria in order to remain active and ultimately graduate with NTHS honors.

Membership Benefits Include:

Membership certificate, presentation folder, pin, card, window decal, foil diploma seal, and official NTHS graduation tassel.

Online educational and career resources.

NTHS scholarship eligibility.

Letters of recommendation for employment, college admissions, or scholarships.

Potential recruitment opportunities.

Distinguishing commencement regalia and NTHS logo gear available for purchase at www.nths.org.