Chapter Excellence Program

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The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) is the single best way to build a successful SkillsUSA chapter! To learn more, check out the information below.

CEP Application

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2021 Chapter Excellence Program Participating Chapters

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Gold Chapters of Distinction

Escambia-Brewton Career Technology Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Pickens County Career Center

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Bevill State Community College - Fayette

Quality Chapters

Anniston High School, Carpentry

Auburn High School

Blount County Center for Technology

Bryant Career Technology Center, Carpentry

Butler County Career Academy

Dallas County Career Technology Center

Elba High School

Etowah Career Technology Center

Hewitt-Trussville High School

McAdory High School, Industrial Electricity

Montgomery Preparatory Academies, Carpentry

Reid State Technical College

Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, Cosmetology

Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Huntsville High School

Quality Chapters

Oden High School 


Model of Excellence Chapters

Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education

Gold Chapters of Distinction

River Valley High School

San Luis High School

Verrado High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

La Joya Community High School

Willow Canyon High School

Yuma High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Higley High School, Graphic Communications

Pima County JTED @ Master Pieces

Quality Chapters

Pima County JTED @ Camino Seco

Pima County JTED at STAR

Rio Rico High School

Valley Vista High School

West-MEC SW Campus


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Victor Valley High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Downey High School

Folsom High School

Pioneer High School

South Pasadena High School

Temple City High School

Van Nuys High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

DCA California Virtual Academy

Dinuba High School

John F Kennedy High School

Kern High Regional Occupational Center

Lynwood High School

Mark Keppel High School

Riverbank High School

Sylmar Biotech Health and Engineering Magnet

Quality Chapters

Abraham Lincoln High School - San Jose

Academy of Careers and Exploration

Adelanto High School

Alhambra High School - Martinez

Alhambra High School - Alhambra

Allan Hancock College

Amistad High School

Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School

Apple Valley High School

Atwater High School

Bellflower High School

Beverly Hills High School

Buhach Colony High

Burbank High School

California Advancing Pathways for Students

Carlsbad High School

Castaic High School

Cathedral City High School

Central Valley High School

Cesar Chavez High School

Char M. Weber Inst of Applied Sciences & Technology

Chico Senior High School

Citrus Valley High School

Corcoran High School

Cordova High School

Crescenta Valley High School

Delta Charter High School

Desert Hot Springs High School, Public Service Occupations

Duncan Polytechnical High School

Eagle Rock High School

East San Gabriel Valley ROP

East San Gabriel Valley ROP - Baldwin Park HS

Edward C. Merlo Inst. of Environmental Technology

Ernest McBride High School

Fortuna High School

Fountain Valley High School

Franklin High School

Glen A Wilson High School

Golden Valley High School

Granite Hills High School

Grover Cleveland High School

Hanford West High School

Hart High School

Healdsburg High School

Highland High School

Indio High School

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

John Burroughs High School

John H Francis Polytechnic HS

John Sutter Middle School

Kingsburg High School

La Mirada High School

Lakeview Leadership Academy

Lompoc High School

Los Angeles Trade Tech College

Lower Lake High School

Madera South High School

Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School

Marina High School

Martin Luther King High School

Merced Scholars Charter School

Mission Trails ROP

Monache High School

Montecito High School

Moreno Valley High School

Morro Bay High School

Nellie N. Coffman Middle School

Nevada Union High School

Newark Memorial High School

NOCROP/Oxford Academy

NOCROP/Sunny Hills High School

Nogales High School, Engineering Related Technology

Norco High School

Norte Vista High School

North Monterey County High School

North Valley Occupational Center

Norwalk High School

Olive Vista Middle School

Orange Cove High School

Orangewood High School

Orosi High School

Palm Desert High School

Palm Springs High School

Palmdale High School

Parlier High School

Paso Robles High School

Pittsburg High School

  1. W. Emerson Junior High School

Ramona High School

Redlands High School

Redwood High School

Reedley High School

Reseda High School, Police Science

Ripon High School

Rowland High School, Auto Service Technology

Rowland High School, Engineering Related Technology

San Joaquin Office of Education

San Luis Obispo High School

San Marcos High School

Sanger High School

Schurr High School

Selma High School

Shadow Hill High School

Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies

Sierra Pacific High School

Silicon Valley Career Technical Ed Center

Slawson Occupational Center

Soledad High Schools ROP

South High School

Sultana High School

Summit High School

Summit Leadership Academy High Desert, Public Service Occupations

Thomas A. Edison Middle School

Thousand Oaks High School

Ulysses S. Grant High School

Vallejo High School

Valley High School

Venice Skills Center

Warren High School

Wasco Union High School

West Valley Occupational Center


Model of Excellence Chapters

Thomas Jefferson High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Destinations Career Academy of Colorado

Durango High School

Quality Chapters

Florence High School


Silver Chapters of Distinction

Pensacola State College

GEORGIA (High School)

Model of Excellence Chapters

Apalachee High School

Forsyth Central High School 

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Alliance Academy for Innovation

Cambridge High School

Greenbrier High School

Sandy Creek High School

Statesboro High School, Mixed Training

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Meadowcreek High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Cherokee High School

Marion E. Barnes Career Center

North Atlanta High School

Savannah Early College

Union County High School

Quality Chapters

Archer High School

Atkinson High School

Berkmar High School

Berrien High School

Brookwood High School

Cedar Grove High School

Chapel Hill High School

Chestatee High School

College & Career Institute

College and Career Academy

Dalton High School

Fayette County High School

Fulton Schools College and Career Academy

Groves High School

Haralson County High School

Hart County High School, Bldg. Trades & Renovations

Heritage High School

Jackson County Comprehensive High School

Jefferson County High School

Jones County High School

Lafayette High School

Lumpkin County High School

Marietta High School

McEachern High School

Mount Zion High School

Mountain View High School

North Carroll County and Career Academy

North Cobb High School

Northwest Whitfield High School

Pickens High School

Putnam County High School

Richmond Hill High School

Rockmart Comprehensive

Savannah High School of Liberal Studies

South Effingham High School

Southeast Bulloch High School

Stephens County High School, Cosmetology

Treutlen High School

Troup County High School

Union Grove High School

Valdosta High School

Veterans High School

W.S. Hutchings College & Career Center

West Forsyth High School

West Hall High School

West Laurens High School

GEORGIA (College/Postsecondary)

Model of Excellence Chapters

Lanier Technical College

Savannah Technical College

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Gwinnett Technical College

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Atlanta Technical College

Quality Chapters

Augusta Technical College

Central Georgia Technical College

Georgia Northwestern Tech College

Southern Regional Technical College


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Meridian Technical Charter High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

Indian Valley Vocational Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Thomas Kelly College Prep


Quality Chapters

Manhattan Area Technical College

Valley Center High School

Winfield High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Greater Lowell Technical High School

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute

Quality Chapters

Greater New Bedford RVTHS

Westfield Technical Academy


Model of Excellence Chapters

Dorchester Career & Technology Center

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Dr. James A Forrest Career & Tech Center

 Quality Chapters

Frederick County Career & Tech Center

Somerset County Technical High School

Western School of Tech & Environmental Science

Worcester Technical High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Bay Arenac ISD Career Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Alpena Community College


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA)

Quality Chapters

Mounds View High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

New Madrid Technical Skills Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Franklin Technology Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Gibson Technical Center

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Scott Regional Technology Center

Quality Chapters

Lewis and Clark Career Center

Nichols Career Center

Saline County Career Center


Quality Chapters

Billings Career Center

Butte High School

Capital High School

Havre High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

Louisville Public School

Quality Chapters

Bennington High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

Sussex County Tech School

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Bergen County Academies

Cumberland County Regional Technical Education Center

Somerset County Vocational & Technical HS 

Quality Chapters

Essex Co Vocational-West Caldwell

Gloucester County Institute of Technology


Model of Excellence Chapters

Deming High School

NEW YORK (High School)

Model of Excellence Chapters

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Orange-Ulster BOCES

Thomas A Edison Career & Technical High School

WEMOCO Career and Education Center

Wildwood Educational Center

Quality Chapters

High School for Energy and Technology

HS for Construction Trades, Engr & Architecture

Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES CTEC

Ulster Vo Tech Center


Model of Excellence Chapters

Catawba Valley Community College

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Nash Community College

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Richlands High School

Quality Chapters

Carteret Community College

Rowan Cabarrus Community College - Salisbury


Model of Excellence Chapters

Upper Valley Career Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Sentinel Campus

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Vanguard Campus

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Lima Senior High School

Quality Chapters

Auburn Career Center

Eastland Career Center-Groveport

Fairfield Career Center

Fort Hayes Career Center

Four County Career Center

Lake Shore Compact, Computer Programming

Lorain County JVS

Madison Comp High School

Pioneer Career & Technology Center

Piqua City Schools

Ponitz Career Technology Center

Springfield-Clark CTC

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Wayne County JVS


Model of Excellence Chapters

Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Geary Middle & High School, Middle School Exploratory

Geary Middle & High School, Engineering Related Technology

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Mid-America Technology Center

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center

Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside 


Quality Chapters

Lenape Technical School


Quality Chapters

Antonio Luchetti, Residential Wiring


Silver Chapters of Distinction

Providence Career & Technical Academy


Model of Excellence Chapters

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

TENNESSEE (High School)

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Spring Hill High School

TENNESSEE (College/Postsecondary)

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Chattanooga

Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Harriman

Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Pulaski

Quality Chapters

Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Hartsville

TEXAS (High School)

Gold Chapters of Distinction

Seminole High School, Auto Service Technology

Wylie East High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

College View High School

McMillan Jr. High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction

Klein Collins High School

Townview Law Magnet

Quality Chapters

Blanson CTE High School

La Vernia High School

Molina High School


Quality Chapters

Maple Mountain High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction

Academies of Loudoun, Graphic Communications

Quality Chapters

King George High School 

WASHINGTON (High School)

Model of Excellence Chapters

Oak Harbor High School

WISCONSIN (High School)

Model of Excellence Chapters

Elkhorn Area High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

LakeView Technology Academy

Unity School District

Quality Chapters

Madison Memorial High School

New Glarus High School

Oshkosh North High School

Whitnall High School


Model of Excellence Chapters

Brooke High School

Quality Chapters

Nicholas County Career and Technical Center


Model of Excellence Chapters

Cheyenne Central High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction

East High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction

Buffalo High School

Quality Chapter

Pathways Innovation School

Chapter Excellence 2.0 PowerPoint
What is CEP?

CEP recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. As a chapter’s yearly action plan, the program of work is at the heart of student learning and employability development. By using the Framework as a guide, chapters have a blueprint for creating relevant activities that encourage participation and foster an understanding of student learning attained during each activity. The Framework’s focus on intentional learning turns the program of work into more than just a planning tool. Using the Framework, the program of work becomes the vital conduit that links students to the application of personal, workplace and technical skills demanded by industry. The SkillsUSA trifecta for student success!

Within the personal, workplace and technical skills areas, there are specific Essential Elements tied to each. The Essential Elements are high-demand employability skills as defined by industry, and the benchmark for measuring student success during an activity. If students learn the Essential Element of responsibility during a personal component activity, the Framework requires that a chapter be specific regarding the how and why students learned responsibility. This conscientious approach gives added meaning to the valuable experience gained by students in the planning, organization and implementation of activities. Most importantly, this approach actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens” on the chapter level.

Every chapter is encouraged to participate in CEP and there are three award levels to recognize program involvement. The first two levels are acknowledged by a chapter’s state association and the third level is recognized nationally. Each level is designed to give chapters a benchmark for success and future improvement, leading to stronger chapters and more prepared students. The more a chapter applies the Framework, the greater the chance for CEP honors.  

Why get involved in the CEP?

Implementing the CEP can result in benefits for members, teachers/chapter advisors and for the chapter, campus and community

For members:

  • Creates opportunities to apply Framework skills
  • Fosters personal and workplace skill development
  • Equips with valuable leadership skills and experiences
  • Improves chapter organization and efficiency
  • Develops teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Instills a sense of purpose and belonging
  • Promotes friendly competition in pursuit of excellence
  • Recognizes achievement
  • Provides experiences in completing an application

For teachers/chapter advisors:

  • Provides experiences to develop Framework skills
  • Empowers member’s leadership skill development
  • Reduces workload when members plan and lead chapter activities
  • Educates school administration and community members about SkillsUSA and chapter accomplishments
  • Increases member engagement
  • Increases positive exposure of SkillsUSA chapter
  • Strengthens the presence and support of SkillsUSA on campus and in community
  • Summarizes and documents chapter progress for the year
  • Brings state and national recognition to your program

For Chapter/Campus/Community:

  • Benefits the community by addressing community needs through Framework skills
  • Provides trained workforce allowing for sustainability of the community with Framework skills
  • Highlights Framework skill development for college and career readiness
  • Serves as baseline for chapter improvement in future years
  • Connects members to employers
  • Garners support of campus administration/faculty for SkillsUSA Chapter
  • Gains support of community for SkillsUSA Chapter
  • Illustrates relevance in accomplishing campus goals
  • Brings state and national recognition to your campus and community
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 1 Quality Chapter Award?

To earn Level 1 Quality Chapter Award, a chapter must:

  • Pay membership dues
  • Have all section advisors pay professional dues to SkillsUSA
  • Elect chapter officers
  • Conduct well planned, regularly scheduled chapter meetings
  • Complete a projected chapter budget (list of planned income and expenses for the year)
  • Complete a program of work (list of planned chapter activities for the year)
  • Conduct at least one activity within each of the three framework components
    • Personal Skills
    • Workplace Skills
    • Technical Skills
  • Complete the Level 1 Quality Chapter application
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 2 Chapter of Distinction?

To earn Level 2 Chapter of Distinction, a chapter must:

  • Conduct chapter officer training
  • Conduct a chapter recruitment activity (i.e. membership drive, middle school presentation)
  • Engage members in committees to conduct chapter activities
  • Prepare to participate in State Leadership and Skills Conference
  • Complete at least seven of the 14 Chapter of Distinction indicators
    • 75% of eligible students are SkillsUSA members
    • Hold executive committee meetings with local chapter officers
    • Conduct an activity to engage business and industry partners
    • Students attend Fall Leadership Conference
    • Chapter members attend one activity above the chapter level excluding, Fall Leadership Conference
    • Present a report of chapter activities and accomplishments to the school board
    • Hold SkillsUSA local technical area Championships
    • Hold SkillsUSA local leadership/occupational area Championships
    • Celebrate SkillsUSA Week through chapter activities
    • Publish one of more articles in local media
    • Provide a social media or web presence for your local chapter
    • Have a candidate for state office
    • Conduct chapter awards program or banquet on the local level, in which all members may attend
    • Participate in the Career Essentials: Experiences
    • Complete and record three Chapter Activities
  • The CEP rubric offers specific information to help support a fair distribution of points.
    • Bronze Chapter of Distinction: 100 – 164 points
    • Silver Chapter of Distinction: 165- 239 points
    • Gold Chapter of Distinction: 240 – 300 points
What Must Our Chapter Do to Earn Level 3 Models of Excellence?

National Models of Excellence

The National Models of Excellence award is the highest honor a chapter can receive.

To earn Level 3 Models of Excellence, a chapter must:

  • Complete Level 1, Quality Award
  • Complete Level 2, Chapter of Distinction
  • Receive a Gold Chapter of Distinction award
  • Be submitted by the state director for consideration as a national Models of Excellence.  The number of submissions per state must not exceed 10 percent of all chapters in the state.  For example, if a state has 250 chapters, 25 Gold Chapter of Distinction winners would be eligible
  • For those chapters that are forwarded by the state director to the national office, a panel of judges will evaluate the Level 2 Chapter of Distinction activities based on the criteria of goals, plan of action, results, evaluation and framework
  • Level 3 Models of Excellence will be announced by April 15 so schools can prepare to attend the national conference. Eight schools will be awarded in each component of the framework (Personal, Workplace and Technical) for a total of 24 Level 3 Models of Excellence
  • Chapters will have members participate in business and industry partner interviews
  • At the conclusion of the Level 3 Models of Excellence presentations and interviews during the national conference, a single chapter in each component will be announced as the Model of Excellence
What do CEP award recipients receive?

Quality Chapter Award (Level 1)

  • Each chapter fulfilling the Quality Chapter Award (Level 1) will receive a certificate
  • Recognized at the state level

Chapter of Distinction Award (Level 2)

  • Each chapter will receive the Quality Chapter Award plus an opportunity to compete for gold, silver and bronze status
  • Silver and bronze winners will receive a certificate
  • Gold winners will receive:
    • A display banner
    • Advisor lapel pin
  • Invitation to attend the Chapter of Distinction mega prize reception at NLSC
  • Recognized at the state level

Models of Excellence Award (Level 3)

  • Each chapter will receive the Quality Chapter Award certificate, Gold Chapter of Distinction recognition items plus:
  • Large award banner
  • Award plaque
  • Invited to the Models of Excellence awards banquet during NLSC
  • Recognized during the NLSC Awards Ceremony
  • Recognition in promotional materials and best practices guide highlighting Models of Excellence award winners

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Sample Chapter Program Management Tool

Use the following text “Use this sample Chapter Activity to plan your Program of Work activities and ensure that the SkillsUSA Framework is embedded within each activity.

Download the sample Chapter Program Management Tool.

Template Chapter Program Management Tool

The blank application is available as a word document so that students can work on their project goals, action plan and evaluation prior to completing the online application. Spell check and ensure grammar is correct in the word document first, then copy and paste the contents into the online application.

Download a blank application.

Chapter of Distinction Rubric
Mini Lesson Plans
CEP Teacher's Guide
Sample Budget
Teacher Created Resources