Student Organizations

We encourage SHCTC students to participate in student organizations that will boost their career skills and provide leadership opportunities—both important aspects of succeeding in the workplace. And while these activities may require time commitments outside of their regular classroom environment, they also allow students to pursue their interests and develop new skills. 

National Technical Honor Society

The purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to celebrate the accomplishments of today's career and technical education students, empowering them to know the value and impact of their career paths and trades. Since 1984, NTHS has been honoring outstanding student achievement, providing scholarships and career development opportunities. New inductees were presented with pins, certificates, and honor cords. 

Welcome to the Society
Every year, SHCTC hosts an induction ceremony welcoming new and returning members of NTHS, and presenting them with society pins, achievement certificates, and honor cords they can use at graduation. Being a part of the National Technical Honor Society opens scholarship doors and career development opportunities to each member. If you would like to know more about these opportunities, please speak with our CTC counselor.


SkillsUSA is a student organization that prepares for and celebrates career readiness. Its organizational framework encourages students to seek out leadership and learning opportunities in the development of personal, workplace, and technical skills that will propel them toward career success.  

At the CTC, students build trade skills; take the lead in classroom projects; develop civic mindedness; practice teamwork and communication skills; and learn about resume building and prioritization. 

Celebrating State
Each spring, Seneca Highlands CTC students participate in the state SkillsUSA competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for a chance to show off the skills they’ve acquired over the year. In 2022, eighteen students attended, and six earned top placement medals.

Competitors included:

  • Ana Penick, from Port Allegany, who was awarded a bronze medal for her work in Restaurant Services.
  • Forester Smoker of Cameron County who won a bronze medal for his job interview skills. 
  • Hunter Dumire who won a silver medal in the Job Skills Open competition.  
  • The three-person team of Olivia Rossman (health assistant from Smethport), Meryk Ault (networking student from Port Allegany), Seth Benson (culinary student from Port Allegany) who brought home the gold in the safety and security division.
  • Sophia Snowman, McKenzie Hurd, and Karlie Benson of Coudersport who participated in the Promotional Bulletin Board competition.
  • Clarissa Moses from Port Allegany who took part in the Medical Assisting competition.
  • Haley Durphy from Smethport participated in the Early Childhood Education category.
  • Levi Culver of Port Allegany participated in the Cyber Security division.
  • And our five-person Quiz Bowl team of Danielle Miller (Galeton), Bryn Easton (Port Allegany), Shakira Yoder (Kane), Alliyah Penick (Port Allegany), and Mikya Stake (Port Allegany).

Each of these students put in extra time and overcame scheduling challenges to prepare for the competition, and we are incredibly proud of them!