Shreveport College's National Technical Honor Society Is in Full Gear Contributed by Kristi Kohl, Campus Librarian Since its first formal induction of members in October 2010, the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) chapter at Remington College - Shreveport Campus has been in full swing. The chapter has inducted more than 100 members, installed officers, organized committees, and taken part in numerous community events and service activities. What Is NTHS? NTHS recognizes student achievement and leadership in career and technical education. It also promotes workplace values like skill development, honesty, responsibility, service, citizenship, and leadership and encourages partnering with local businesses and industries. Membership benefits include a certificate, graduation tassel, letters of recommendation from the national headquarters, and NTHS scholarship eligibility. Students must be recommended for induction by a faculty member and must maintain a 3.5 GPA with at least a 90 percent attendance rate. NTHS membership runs up to one year after graduation. What Has Our Shreveport NTHS Chapter Been Doing? Its first order of business was the Election of Officers: Co-Presidents: Danielle Gullatt and Charles Hymes (Business Office Management students) Co-Vice-Presidents: Neilson Wall (Business Office Management) and DeShannon Davis (Criminal Justice) Co-Secretaries: Brock Melvin (Criminal Justice) and Latisha Jefferson (Business Office Management) African American Read-In at Shreveport Library With help from Librarian and NTHS Advisor Kristi Kohl, several members organized and participated in the Shreveport Campus's first annual African American Read-In to help celebrate Black History Month. This was a great opportunity for NTHS members to make good community contacts and get experience in planning events and public speaking. Telephone Book Recycling Program We partnered with Sunset Acres, a local elementary school, to collect discarded telephone books for the Shreveport Green recycling project, which allows schools to compete for prizes in collecting the most books. Shreveport Green's Great American Cleanup and Campus Beautification We also participated in Shreveport Green's Great American Cleanup and Campus Beautification project. Dozens of local clubs, schools, and organizations took part in the city-wide cleanup, which encourages citizens to raise public awareness about litter reduction, recycling, and community enhancement. NTHS students picked up litter on Campus and planted shrubs and plants on one of the islands in the parking lot, fostering teamwork and community pride. Sister Soldier Packing Party Setup Three NTHS students assisted with a Packing Party hosted by Sistahs BookClubbing, a womens' book club that sends care packages to female African American military serving in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The students helped to organize hair care and feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and books and magazines so the items could be packaged for mailing the next day. Dozens of thank-you cards from local elementary children were also included in the packages. Shreveport Director of Education Dr. Katie Reynolds said, "The National Technical Honor Society gives our students another notable item to present on their résumés and help them with their career search. It helps our students get involved with the community, presents leadership opportunities, and furthers their drive to stand out from others with whom they might be competing in today's job market." NTHS Member Kendall Lloyd said, "I have learned so much about community involvement, leadership, and how to work with my fellow NTHS members. I count it as honor and a privilege to be a member of this elite group."