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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2020 Chapter Excellence Program Participating Chapters

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Gold Chapters of Distinction
Marshall Technical School
Northeast Alabama Community College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Escambia-Brewton Career Technology Center, Industrial Motor Control
Lawson State Community College
Minor High School
Pickens County Career Center, Welding
Pinson Valley High School, Industrial Motor Control

Quality Chapters
Bevill State Community College – Fayette, Industrial Electricity
Calhoun County Career Academy
Dekalb County Technology Center, Collision Repair Technology
Franklin County Career Tech Center, Mechatronics
Northport Career Tech Annex
Reid State Technical College
Bob Jones High School
Cullman Area Technology Academy, Carpentry (Burkett)
Cullman Area Technology Academy, Carpentry (Stevens)
Earnest Pruett Center of Technology
Etowah Career Technology Center
Franklin County Career Tech Center, Collision Repair Technology
Geneva Regional Career Technical Center (GTECH)
Madison County `Career Technology Center, Welding
Muscle Shoals Career Academy
Pike Road High School
Winston County Technology Center


Quality Chapters
Huntsville High School
Oden High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
Kofa High School
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education
Willow Canyon High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Canyon Del Oro High School
Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology
Estrella Foothills High School
La Joya Community High School
Poston Butte High School
River Valley High School
San Luis High School
Shadow Mountain High School
Valley Vista High School
Verrado High School
Vista Grande High School
Yuma High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Perry High School, Graphic Communications
Snowflake High School

Quality Chapters
NATIVE Central Campus
Pima County JTED @ Master Pieces
Pima High School
Vail Academy and High School
West-MEC SW Campus
Douglas High School
Metro Tech High School
Pima County JTED @ Camino Seco
Rio Rico High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
Norwalk High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Cesar Chavez High School
John F Kennedy High School
South Pasadena High School
Temple City High School
Van Nuys High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Cathedral City High School
Char M Weber Inst of Applied Sciences & Technology
Downey High School
Folsom High School
Petaluma High School
Pioneer High School
San Joaquin Office of Education
Victor Valley High School
Warren High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Abram Friedman Occupational Center
California Advancing Pathways for Students
Coachella Valley High School
Dinuba High School
Duarte High School
Eagle Rock High School
Franklin High School
Lynwood High School
Nellie N. Coffman Middle School
Palm Desert High School
Palmdale High School
Selma High School

Quality Chapters
Abraham Lincoln High School - San Jose
Academies of the Antelope Valley
Academy of Careers and Exploration
Adelanto High School
Alhambra High School
Alhambra High School
Allan Hancock College
American River College
Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School
Angelo Rodriguez High School
Apple Valley High School
Arroyo Grande High School
Arroyo High School
Atwater High School
Baldwin Park High School
Barstow High School
Be. Tech Academies
Bellflower High School
Beverly Hills High School
Bolsa Grande High School
Bowman High School
Brawley Union High School, Welding
Buhach Colony High
Burbank High School
Burney Jr. Sr. High School
Calexico High School
California City High School
California High School
Calipatria High School
Canoga Park High School
Canyon High School
Carlsbad High School
Castaic High School
Centennial High School
Central Union High School
Central Valley High School
Chaffey High School, Auto Service Technology
Chaffey High School, Welding
Chico Senior High School
Citrus Valley High School
Colton High School
Compton Early High School
Corcoran High School
Cordova High School
Crescenta Valley High School
Culver City High School
Daniel E. Lewis Middle School
Desert Hot Springs High School
Doig Intermediate School
Duncan Polytechnical High School
Durham High School
East Los Angeles Skills Center
East San Gabriel Valley ROP
East San Gabriel Valley ROP, Drafting
East San Gabriel Valley ROP, Robotics & Automation Tech
East San Gabriel Valley ROP
East San Gabriel Valley ROP - Baldwin Park HS
Eden Area ROP
Edison High School
Edward C. Merlo Inst. of Environmental Technology
El Diamante High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Ernest McBride High School
Eureka High School
Fairfield Suisun Public Safety Academy
Fallbrook Union High School
Fontana High School
Foothill High School
Foothill Ranch Middle School
Fortuna High School
Fountain Valley High School
Fremont High School
Frontier High School
Garden Grove High School
Garfield High School
Gladstone High School
Golden Valley High School-Santa Clarita
Golden Valley High School-Merced
Gonzales High School
Granite Hills High School
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
Hanford High School
Hanford West High School
Harbor Occupational Center
Harrison Elementary School
Hart High School
Healdsburg High School
Herbert Hoover High School
Highland High School
Imperial High School
Indio High School
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences
Irvington High School
James Monroe High School
John Burroughs High School
John Sutter Middle School
Jordan Intermediate School
Jurupa Hills High School
Kern High Regional Occupational Center
Kingsburg High School
La Mirada High School
Lakeview Leadership Academy, Robotics & Automation Tech
Lakeview Leadership Academy, Middle School Exploratory
Lancaster High School
Las Plumas High School
Lodi High School
Lompoc High School
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Trade Tech College
Lower Lake High School
Madera High School
Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School
Maria Carrillo High School
Marina High School
Mark Keppel High School
Martin Luther King High School
Marysville High School
Mayfair High School
Mendota High School
Merced High School, Media Technology
Merced Scholars Charter School
Miramar College
Mission Trails ROP
Monache High School , Architectural Drafting
Monrovia High School
Monte Vista High School
Montecito High School
Moreno Valley High School
Morro Bay High School
Mt Shasta High School
Nevada Union High School
Newark Memorial High School
NOCROP/Anaheim High School
NOCROP/Oxford Academy
NOCROP/Sunny Hills High School
Nogales High School
Norco High School
North County Trade Tech High School
North High School
North Monterey County High School
North Orange Co ROP-Brea Olinda HS
North Valley Occupational Center
Olive Vista Middle School
Orange Cove High School
Orange Vista High School
Orangewood High School
Orosi High School
Pacheco High School
Pacific Grove High School
Palm Springs High School
Paradise High School
Parlier High School
Pasadena City College
Paso Robles High School
Pittsburg High School
Pleasant Valley HS
Polytechnic High School
Ralston Intermediate
Ramona High School
Rancho Alamitos High School
Rancho Mirage High School
Redlands High School
Redwood High School
Reedley High School
Reseda High School
Rio Americano
Rio Linda High School
Rio Linda Preparatory Academy
Ripon High School
River City High School
River Springs Charter School
Riverbank High School
Riverside Community College
San Fernando High School
San Gabriel High School
San Joaquin Delta College
San Luis Obispo High School
San Marcos High School
San Pasqual High School
Sanger High School
Santa Clara High School
Santa Rosa High School
Santa Ynez High School
Santiago High School-Corona
Santiago High School-Garden Grove
Saugus High School
Sequoia School
Serrano High School
Serrano Intermediate School
Shadow Hill High School
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Engineering Related Technology
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Culinary Arts
Sierra Pacific High School
Silicon Valley Career Technical Ed Center
SkillsUSA California State Office
Slawson Occupational Center
Soledad High Schools ROP
Somerset High School
Sultana High School
Summerville High School
Summit High School
Summit Leadership Academy High Desert
Sylmar Biotech Health and Engineering Magnet
Tehachapi High School
Templeton High School
Thomas A. Edison Middle School
Thousand Oaks High School
Ukiah High School
Ulysses S. Grant High School
University High School Charter
Upper Lake High School
Valencia High School
Valley High School
Venice Skills Center
Vista Del Lago
Wasco Union High School
West Ranch High School
Woodland High School            


Model of Excellence Chapters
Centauri High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Durango High School
Thomas Jefferson High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Destinations Career Academy of Colorado
Ponderosa High School

Quality Chapters
Power Technical


Silver Chapters of Distinction
A I Prince Technical High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Marchman Technical College
Nova High School
Orange Technical College - Avalon Campus
Pensacola State College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Cypress Bay High School

Quality Chapters
Amos P. Godby High School
Baldwin Middle Senior High
Osceola High School
Port Saint Lucie High School
Sleepy Hill Middle School 

GEORGIA High School

Model of Excellence Chapters
Forsyth Central High School, Cosmetology
Grovetown High School, Law Enforcement
Sandy Creek High School
Statesboro High School
Union Grove High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Alliance Academy for Innovation, Criminal Justice
Cambridge High School
Cross Keys High School
Troup County High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Americus Sumter County High School
Apalachee High School
Greenbrier High School
Marietta High School
North Atlanta High School
West Laurens High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Cherokee High School
Fulton Schools College and Career Academy
Gilmer High School
Groves High School
Haralson County High School
Marion E. Barnes Career Center
Meadowcreek High School
Southeast Bulloch High School
W.S. Hutchings College & Career Center
Walton High School

Quality Chapters
Archer High School
Atkinson High School
Berkmar High School
Berrien High School
Buford High School
Calhoun High School
Chattooga High School
Dalton High School
Effingham College and Career Academy
Fitzgerald High School
Forsyth Central High School, Auto Service Technology
Grayson Technical High School
Hardaway High School
Jefferson County High School
Jones County High School
Lumpkin County High School
Maxwell High School of Tech
Mill Creek High School
Mount Zion High School
Mountain View High School
New Hampstead High School
North Cobb High School
Northwest Whitfield High School
Putnam County High School
Richmond Hill High School
Roswell High School
Savannah Early College
Stephens County High School, Cosmetology
Valdosta High School
West Hall High School
White County High School

GEORGIA College/Postsecondary

Model of Excellence Chapters
Lanier Technical College

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Georgia Northwestern Tech College
Gwinnett Technical College
West Georgia Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Tech College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Augusta Technical College
Southern Regional Technical College

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Savannah Technical College

Quality Chapters
Albany Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College
Coastal Pines Technical College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Ogeechee Technical College
South Georgia Technical College
Southern Crescent Technical College
West Georgia Technical College


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Meridian Technical Charter High School

Quality Chapters
Dennis Technical Education Center


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Mattoon High School
Thomas Kelly College Prep

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Capital Area Career Center
Carbondale Community High School
Indian Valley Vocational Center
Peotone Junior High School

Quality Chapters
Argo Community High School
Clinton High School
Kankakee Area Career Center
Lockport Township High School East
Victor J Andrew High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Labette County High School
Winfield High School

Quality Chapters
Anderson County High School
Center for Academic Achievement
Neodesha High School
Northwest Kansas Technical College
Spring Hill High School
Washburn Tech


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Gateway Academy to Innovation & Technology


Quality Chapters
Bossier Parish School for Technology


Model of Excellence Chapters
Cape Cod Tech
Greater Lowell Tech High
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Plymouth South Technical Studies

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Greater New Bedford RVTHS

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Taunton High School

Quality Chapters
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
Montachusett Regional Vo-Tech
Southeastern Technical High School
Taunton High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Dorchester Career & Technology Center
Frederick County Career & Tech Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Worcester Technical High School

Quality Chapters
Carver Vo-Tech High School
Center of Applied Technology South
North Point High School For STI
Parkside High School CTE
Severna Park High School
Somerset County Technical High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Oakland Tech Center SW Campus

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Bay Arenac ISD Career Center

Quality Chapters
Alpena Community College
Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center


Model of Excellence Chapters
New Madrid County R-I Technical Skills Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Franklin Technology Center
Lewis and Clark Career Center
Linn County Area Career and Technical Center
Moberly Area Technical Center
Rolla Technical Institute/Center
Scott Regional Technology Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Current River Career Center
Davis H. Hart Career Center
Pike/Lincoln Technical Center
Waynesville Career Center

Quality Chapters
Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage
Carrollton Area Career Center, Graphic Communications
Carthage Technical Center
Dallas County Technical Center
Eldon Career Center
Lebanon Technology and Career Center
Nichols Career Center
Saline County Career Center
Sikeston Career and Technology Center


Quality Chapters
Millsaps Career & Technology Center, Criminal Justice


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Billings Career Center

Quality Chapters
Bozeman High School
Broadwater High School
Butte High School
Cut Bank High School
Flathead High School
Havre High School
Helena High School
Noxon Public Schools
Plains High School
St. Ignatius High School
Winnett High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
North Platte High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Aurora High School
Bennington High School
Benson High School
Central Community College-Hastings
Louisville High School
Papillion-La Vista South High School

Quality Chapters
Cozad High School
Hastings High School
Metropolitan Community College
Scottsbluff High School


Silver Chapters of Distinction
Southeast Career Technical Academy, Culinary Arts

Quality Chapters
Southeast Career Technical Academy, Health Sciences


Quality Chapters
Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE


Model of Excellence Chapters
Gloucester County Institute of Technology

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Bergen County Academies
Cumberland County Regional Technical Education Center
Sussex County Tech School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Somerset County Vocational & Technical HS

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Essex Co. Donald M. Payne Tech

Quality Chapters
Bergen County Tech High School - Paramus
Essex Co Vocational-West Caldwell
MCVTS-East Brunswick
Passaic County Technical Institute


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Deming High School

Quality Chapters
Carlsbad High School
FMS Cate Center

NEW YORK High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES CTEC
Thomas A Edison Career & Technical High School
Wildwood Educational Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Orange-Ulster BOCES
Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

Quality Chapters
Aviation Career & Technical Education High School
CV-TEC Mineville Campus
HS for Construction Trades, Engr & Architecture
Ulster Vo Tech Center
W D Ormsby Center, Erie #2
Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center
Rockland Career Education Center
WEMOCO Career and Education Center


Model of Excellence Chapters
Catawba Valley Community College

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Nash Community College

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Lee County High School
Midway High School
Roanoke Rapids High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Bear Grass Charter School
South Stanly High School
West Stanly High School

Quality Chapters
ABSS Career & Technical Education Center
Carteret Community College
Columbus Career & College Academy
Hunter Huss High School
North Iredell High
Pitt Community College
Rowan Cabarrus Community College - Salisbury
South Columbus High School
Southern Lee High School
Swansboro High School
William G. Enloe High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
Upper Valley Career Center

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Auburn Career Center
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Fairfield Career Center
Wayne County JVS

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Mentor High School
Springfield-Clark CTC
Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Sentinel Campus
Vanguard-Sentinel CTC-Vanguard Campus

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Lima Senior High School

Quality Chapters
C-TEC High School
Eastland Career Center-Groveport
Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School
Lorain County JVS
Madison Comp High School
Max S. Hayes High School
Mid-East Career and Technology Centers-Buffalo, Auto Service Technology
Pickaway-Ross JVSD
Pike County JVS
Pioneer Career & Technology Center
Portage Lakes JVS
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Waynesfield-Goshen High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Geary High School
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
Metro Technology Center-South Bryant
Tulsa Tech High School Extension Programs, Engineering Related Technology

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Indian Capital Technology Center-Muskogee, Cosmetology
Mid-America Technology Center
Pioneer Technology Center
Tulsa Technology Center Broken Arrow Campus, Cosmetology

Quality Chapters
Chisholm Trail Technology Center, Cosmetology
Northeast Technology Center-Claremore
Tulsa Tech High School Extension Programs
Tulsa Technology Center-Owasso Campus, Computer Technology
Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside
Wes Watkins Technology Center
Western Technology Center-Burns Flat


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Silverton High School
Taft High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Lenape Technical School
Mon Valley CTC
North Montco Technical Career Center


Quality Chapters
Laura Mercado School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Providence Career & Technical Academy
W M Davies Junior Career Tech High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Bonds Career Center

Quality Chapters
Heyward Career Center


Silver Chapters of Distinction
Spring Hill High School

TENNESSEE College Post/Secondary

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Chattanooga
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Knoxville
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Memphis
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Paris
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Pulaski

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Dickson
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Harriman
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Hartsville
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Hohenwald

Quality Chapters
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Livingston
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Murfreesboro
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Shelbyville

TEXAS High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
A & M Consolidated High School
Grand Prairie High School, Law Enforcement
Seminole High School, Auto Service Technology

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Advanced Tech Center, Advertising Design
McMillan Jr. High School
Seminole High School, Culinary Arts
Wylie East High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Iowa Park High School
Texas City High School

Quality Chapters
Advanced Tech Center, TV (Video) Production
Caney Creek High School, Bldg. Trades & Renovations
Center for Career & Tech Education , Electrical Technology
Central High School
Frenship High School
Grand Prairie High School,3D Visualization & Animation
La Vernia High School
New Caney High School
Port Neches-Groves High School
Royse City High School
Rudder High School, Advertising Design
Rudder High School, Computer Programming
Rudder High School, Engineering Related Technology
Seminole High School , ICT/OWE/DCF/COOP
Seminole High School, Health Sciences
Splendora High School
Texas High School

TEXAS College Post/Secondary

Gold Chapters of Distinction
El Centro College


Quality Chapters
Bonneville High School
Dixie High School
Maple Mountain High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Chantilly Academy, Cosmetology
New Horizons Regional Education Centers
Pulaski County High School, Cosmetology

Quality Chapters
Academies of Loudoun, Collision Repair Technology
Floyd County High School, Engineering Related Technology
Franklin County High School
King George High School
Pulaski County High School, Cosmetology


Gold Chapters of Distinction
North Country Career Center


Model of Excellence Chapters
Woodland High School 

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Oak Harbor High School

Quality Chapters
Medical Lake High School
Mountlake Terrace High School


Model of Excellence Chapters
Watertown High School

Gold Chapters of Distinction
Athens High School
Dodgeland High School
Elkhorn Area High School
Green Bay Southwest High School
Hartford Union High School
Jefferson High School
LakeView Technology Academy
Little Chute High School
Mount Horeb High School
Oakfield High School
Oshkosh North High School
Unity School District
Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Quality Chapters
Antigo High School
Barack Obama School of Career & Tech Ed (BOSCTE) MS, Middle School Exploratory
Clinton High School - Clinton Comm. Dist.
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin
Muskego Lakes Middle School
Neenah High School
New Glarus High School
Phelps High School
Port Edwards High School
River Valley Senior High School
Riverside Middle School
Slinger High School
Spooner High School
St. Croix Falls Middle School
Sun Prairie High School
The School of Career and Technical Ed High School
Waunakee Middle School
Wausau East High School
Webster High School
West Bend High School
West Salem High School
Whitnall High School
Winneconne High School


Gold Chapters of Distinction
Nicholas County Career and Technical Center

Silver Chapters of Distinction
Monongalia County Tech Center
Roane-Jackson Tech Center

Quality Chapters
Brooke High School
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Fred W Eberle Tech Center
Putnam Career &Technical Center
South Branch Career & Technical Center


Model of Excellence Chapters
Central High School

Silver Chapters of Distinction
East High School

Bronze Chapters of Distinction
Buffalo High School

Quality Chapter
Campbell County High School
Guernsey-Sunrise High 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
  • $2,000 chapter grant

*Based on secured sponsorship

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