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 District 10

The SkillsUSA Pennsylvania District 10 competitive events took place on Friday, January 13, 2023. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events, and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.

Students throughout the region traveled to the New Castle School of Trades and Lawrence County Career and Technical Center to compete in a variety of competitions.

The following students, with their competitions and the results, that attended from the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center are Harlee-Ann Panighetti (Otto- Eldred): diesel equipment technology, Garry Strait (Otto-Eldred): information technology service, Faith Miller (Smethport): health occupations professional portfolio (third (place), McKenzie Hurd (Coudersport): job skill demonstration, Alex Post (Otto-Eldred): medical terminology, Karsen Rees (Otto-Eldred): job interview (third place), Anastasia Penick (Port Allegany): restaurant service, Levi Culver (Port Allegany) and AJ Herring (Northern Potter): cybersecurity (third place), Mikya Stake (Port Allegany): first aid/ CPR (second place), Bren Carlson (Port Allegany): firefighting, Shakira Yoder (Kane): employment application process (second place), Alyssa Young (Smethport): prepared speech, Blair Dickinson (Smethport): early childhood education, Ryan Batt (Otto-Eldred): culinary arts, Seth Benson (Port Allegany): commercial baking, and Abram Austin (Otto-Eldred): carpentry (second place). Maura Hess (Northern Potter) competed on January 10 at Steamfitters in Harmony, Pennsylvania for welding.

We are very proud of all our students who took extra time to prepare and compete! The state competition this year will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania on April 12 through April 14.