24 SkillsUSA Schools Named as Models of Excellence

Honored as Outstanding SkillsUSA Programs

Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA recently named 24 SkillsUSA chapters as Models of Excellence. This national program recognizes the integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These chapters define excellence across the board, serving as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs.”

The 24 Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. Activities include finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition at an awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business leaders.

The Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics within each skill area ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of students in implementing the chapter activities including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization. The hands-on approach of the program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Here are the 2018 SkillsUSA Models of Excellence schools, listed alphabetically:

  • Arizona — Willow Canyon High School
  • California — Norwalk High School
  • Colorado — Durango High School, Centauri High School, Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Georgia — Cambridge High School, Cross Keys High School, Grovetown High School (Law Enforcement), Sandy Creek High School (Graphic Communications), Union Grove High School, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Maryland — Dorchester Career and Technology Center
  • Massachusetts — Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
  • Missouri — Franklin Technology Center
  • New Jersey — Gloucester County Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina — Catawba Valley Community College
  • Oklahoma — Autry Technology Center, Gordon Cooper Technology Center
  • Tennessee — Tennessee College of Applied Tech–Pulaski
  • Texas — A&M Consolidated High School, College Station High School
  • Virginia — Southampton High School
  • Washington — Woodland High School

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.

SkillsUSA Contacts:

Jane Short or Karen Kitzel, Public Relations, 703-777-8810
Gayle Silvey, Associate Director, Office of Education
jshort@skillsusa.org or kkitzel@skillsusa.org or gsilvey@skillsusa.org