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3/31/2021 1:18:00 PM
Nat'l Technical Honor Society Has New Chapter
Open to qualified Gaston College students
Membership in the Gaston College chapter of the National Technical Honor Society offers qualified career and technical education students scholarship opportunities, job placement resources and other lifetime benefits. (Photo Courtesy Gaston College)
Membership in the Gaston College
chapter of the National Technical
Honor Society offers qualified
career and technical education
students scholarship opportunities,
job placement resources and
other lifetime benefits. 

(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)

Lincoln Herald Staff

Gaston College has a new chapter of the National Technical Honor Society.

According to college spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett, students in its career and technical education, health and human services and early childhood programs can qualify for induction into the National Technical Honor Society (or NTHS). Membership in the NTHS consists of students focused on a career and technical education pathway or major who have earned a minimum 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average.

As Pickett informed last week, at Gaston College, students pursuing their associate in applied science degrees in career and technical education programs may be candidates for the society.

Founded in 1984, the NTHS is dedicated to honoring student achievement and leadership, promoting educational excellence, awarding scholarships and enhancing career opportunities for the nation’s top career and technical education students. The organization serves more than 4,000 high schools, career tech centers, colleges and private institutions. It has chapters in all 50 states and in most American territories, according to Lisa Albright Jurs, Gaston College’s dean of career and technical education (or CTE).

“We are very excited to activate the Gaston College chapter of the National Technical Honor Society,” she said. “Membership in the organization provides lifetime benefits, and we encourage our students to strive to meet the requirements so they can take advantage of these excellent opportunities.”

Jurs and medical assisting instructor Melody Gibson are the advisers for the college’s NTHS chapter.

The NTHS annually awards more than $250,000 in scholarship funds to CTE students who choose a skilled trade as their career. Along with scholarship opportunities and recognition for superior achievement in a CTE field, NTHS membership benefits include a professional portfolio and certificate to showcase the student’s membership; personalized letters of recommendation to include with college or employment applications; an official diploma seal, graduation tassel, lapel pin and window decal; Internet-based educational and job placement resources; and the distinction of wearing official NTHS regalia during graduation, according to Peyton Holland, the organization’s national director.

“The National Technical Honor Society is very excited to welcome Gaston College as an active NTHS chapter,” said Holland. “At NTHS, we believe it is essential to honor, celebrate and empower students in career and technical education.  We know that Gaston College is helping prepare the next generation of skilled leaders in the work force, and we are so proud to work with them to recognize their outstanding students.”

Five students are currently registered as members of the Gaston College chapter of the NTHS, as Pickett informed, and the advisers hope to register many more.

Interested students may contact Jurs by e-mail at or Gibson at

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