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Celebration of Excellence

National Technical Honor Society Induction

To say "What an evening!"  is an understatement.  National Technical Honor Society has become a part of the KACC fabric.  For the third year, KACC has had the distinct pleasure of seeing students qualify for this distinction.  Their cords and tassel for graduation, NTHS Member Certificate Packet and a bit of extra-special pride comes to each student who qualified.  This year, 52 students were inducted to NTHS. 

Family, friends, teachers and home school principals filled the auditorium to celebrate the achievement of becoming a member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).  By the time the ceremony opened, the excitement and sense of pride were clearly visible. 

The benchmarks these students met involved a culmination of their KACC grade point average, attendance, teacher recommendation as well as their involvement in community service.  "KACC students continue to amaze me," stated Principal Tim Guerin.  "Our hallways and classrooms are full of students who are diligently working to be prepared for the next chapter in their lives.  It is great to witness, I assure you." 

Dr. David Naze, Vice President for Academic Affairs at KCC welcomed the crowd and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was evident there is a great partnership between KCC and KACC.  It was palpable.

KACC alumnus, and current Student Services Intern, Jonathan Cruz, gave the keynote address.  Mr. Cruz spoke to the students, many of whom he knows well, on how the path they are taking now, may not be their final path.  There's nothing wrong with trying out a variety of educational and career-related paths.  The important thing, according to Mr. Cruz's message, is that through hard work, perseverance, and grit, these students can certainly be successful in whatever their final career path becomes. 

KACC Director, Matthew Kelley could not agree more.  He has witnessed many students begin in what they believed would be their final career plan.  The beauty of KACC, according to Mr. Kelley, is the "incredible amount of transferrable skills" students can take with them which cross over between myriad employment sectors.

Following Mr. Cruz's remarks, each student was introduced individually and given their NTHS Portfolio. You will know our students by their purple and white cords and tassels when you see them walk at graduation this spring.

Students then took their National Honor Society Pledge to solidify their membership.

All in all, it was a great night.  We look forward to watching these, and all of our students continue to excel in the years to come.  Thanks to the National Technical Honor Society for welcoming Kankakee Area Career Center into the fold.


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PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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