McDowell Technical Community College faculty and staff organized a chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during the 2000-2001 academic year. NTHS, as it is abbreviated, began in 1984 to reward excellence in workforce education. It is an internationally recognized and proven program with over 1,500 member schools and colleges.
Student membership in NTHS is available to those who seek to uphold critical workplace values and high levels of achievement. Once yearly, NTHS may extend an invitation to MTCC students who have completed at least 9 credit hours of course work required for their program of study, have achieved a GPA of at least 3.25, and have been recommended by their faculty advisor.
A chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was organized at McDowell Tech in 1998. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
The Society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official general honor society for two-year colleges.
Each fall and spring semester, the Beta Zeta Lambda chapter may extend an invitation to MTCC students who have been recommended by their advisors and have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work required for an associate degree and who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The North Carolina Community College System recognizes one student annually from each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina. Outstanding students are nominated by faculty/staff members. The Academic Excellence Award winner is chosen in the spring and announced at graduation.