National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
The official NTHS slogan is “Excellence in America’s Workforce Begins with Excellence in Workforce Education.” NTHS candidates must have a high moral and ethical character with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the technical program. In addition, candidates must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and plan to make significant contributions to their communities. Candidates must get a letter of recommendation from the program instructor and one other community member. NTHS members should be good, honest, responsible students-citizens who have made a personal commitment to excellence and who agree to uphold the NTHS Standards of Conduct.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
Each student enrolled in a CTE program at SCC has the opportunity to be a part of Career and Technical Student Organizations. Students in the Information Technology program can become involved in the
Business Professionals of America. Medical Careers and Nursing Occupations students can
represent the SCC as members of the Health Occupations Students of America. Our Animal and Veterinary Science program participates in the Future Farmers of America. All other programs prepare students to participate in the Skills USA competitions.
As a regional career and technical education center, the Career Complex is charged with providing all students with authentic learning experiences in the context of their chosen career field. SCC successfully accomplishes this challenge through its rigorous and relevant Instructional Services initiatives. Students at SCC gain an edge for their futures by earning free college credit in high school, and by participating in activities such as work-based learning. In addition, they earn both academic and technical credit and are able to earn industry certifications providing them with credentials for their fields. SCC students develop professionally and learn leadership in career and technical student organizations, and learn employment skills and demonstrate their skill through Senior Project presentations to experts in the field. SCC’s instructional services provide authentic and comprehensive, learning experiences that result in a 97% placement rate which means that 97% of students completing a program report in their follow-up interviews that they are working or going to school in the SAME program completed at the Saginaw Career Complex.
Students work with the program instructor to successfully achieve the required proficiency level for course outcomes and free college credit, which is recorded on a college transcript upon high school graduation (and enrollment at the articulating institution). Each program at SCC offers articulation credit from one or more of the colleges listed:Baker College, Davenport University, Delta College, Ferris State University, Lansing Community College, Northwood University, Ohio Tech College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Northwestern of Ohio, and Culinary Schools state and nation wide.
Work-Based Learning and Professional Employability Skills
When talking with employers, the number one thing they mention is that employees are lacking in professional employment skills. The skills include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, self-management, motivation, critical thinking, conflict resolution, flexibility, adaptability, good attendance and reliability, time management, and motivation. At the Saginaw Career Complex, Principal, Josh Little, encourages every teacher to assign professional points as part of their daily curriculum. Students who earn professional points are given “STAR” rewards by the program instructor and entered into a drawing to win gift cards each month. Students also take part in the following activities to enhance their employability skills.
· Resume reviews with employers
· Elevator speech preparation with Great Lakes Michigan Works!
· Mock interviews with local employers
Work-Based Learning provides students with opportunities to help develop the above professional employability skills in and around the current workforce. Students may participate in more than one experience in their first year. It is a goal to have all second-year students out in the workforce putting both their technical and professional employability skills into practice once they complete the course requirements.
· Company tours and visits
· Guest Speakers
· Career Fairs
· Job Shadows
· Formal Mentoring
· Clinical Rotations
· Unpaid Internships
· Paid Internships
The Saginaw Career Complex has partnerships with over 200 local area employers and non-profit agencies in Saginaw County who are committed to providing our students with high-quality and personalized work-based learning experiences.
The Saginaw Career Complex is committed to helping students develop personal management and employability skills, gain technical skills, and achieve academic proficiency. The Senior Project, required of all graduating SCC students, challenges students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in the CTE program. Students exhibit these skills through the development of a portfolio, and showcase technical and academic skills in a cumulative project and presentation before a panel of experts in the field. The Senior Project grade is recorded as the semester exam for graduating seniors.
Achievement of industry recognized certification provides evidence that students possess workforce knowledge and skills. The staff at SCC continually develops processes to ensure students earn credentials related to their career field and to identify appropriate certification for each SCC program.