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Career and Technical Educators Workshop Offered to Students

The Workforce Education and Development program in Penn State’s College of Education hosted an informational workshop for members of the National Technical Honors Society on November 18, 2008.

by Pamela Batson

The Workforce Education and Development program in Penn State’s College of Education hosted an informational workshop for members of the National Technical Honors Society (NTHS) on November 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, Pa.


NTHS is a student organization that recognizes exceptional academic achievements from its members. Members must maintain the highest level of personal and professional conduct in school and throughout the community. Thousands of schools and colleges throughout the U.S. have chapters or are affiliated with NTHS.


The workshop was organized to give NTHS members the opportunity to learn about becoming a career and technical educator and to recognize senior members. Attendees had a chance to network with other members from across the state, learn about career options, and tour the University Park campus.


“We are so excited to recognize these career and technology students for all of their hard work and dedication to their programs and their academics.  It is always exciting to see students work through challenges and succeed," said Cheryl Zeljak, lecturer in the Workforce Education and Development program.


The following schools from around the commonwealth were in attendance:

  • Bethlehem Area Vocational Technology School, Bethlehem
  • Carbon Career and Technical Institute, Jim Thorpe
  • Career Institute of Technology, Easton
  • Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, Pleasant Gap
  • Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, New Stanton
  • Clearfield County Career and Technology Center, Clearfield
  • Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, Scranton
  • Erie County Technical School, Erie
  • Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, Monroeville
  • Middle-Bucks Career and Technology Center, Jamison
  • Monroe Career and Technical Institute, Bartonsville
  • Parkway West Career and Technology Center, Oakdale
  • Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, Reading
  • West Side Career and Technology Center, Kingston

The mission of the Workforce Education and Development program is to promote excellence, opportunity, and leadership among professionals in the workforce education and development field including, but not limited to, those employed in secondary or postsecondary education institutions, social services industries, and employee groups and private businesses. The program was ranked 2nd by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.