PIQUA — The SkillsUSA chapter at Upper Valley Career Center was recently named among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally as a “Model of Excellence” recipient. This national program recognizes the exceptional 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,” Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA, said. “The Upper Valley Career Center chapter defines excellence across the board, serving as a model for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs. These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities. What a tremendous honor that validates this outstanding SkillsUSA program.”
In fact, the Upper Valley Career Center’s SkillsUSA chapter is a repeat Model of Excellence recipient having received the recognition in 2016. The chapter operates under the direction of advisors Sara Plozay and Jeff Bertke.
“We were thrilled with the 2016 award, but to earn this distinction two years in a row is very rare and especially gratifying,” Plozay said.
Bertke added, “We ask a lot of our student leaders and they continue to exceed our expectations.”
The 24 Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, June 19-23. 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 Upper Valley Career Center chapter will also receive a grant of up to $4,000 from program sponsor Lowe’s Companies Inc.
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 defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.