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SkillsUSA names East Brunswick Tech a National Model of Excellence
SkillsUSA names East Brunswick Tech a National Model of Excellence- highest SkillsUSA honor awarded to top 24 chapters nationally
“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities. This is a tremendous honor for each school and validates these outstanding SkillsUSA programs as some of the best in the nation.”
Models of Excellence celebrates the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally. At the top level of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, these schools are recognized for the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in their SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is the highest award bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is one of the largest student organizations for career and technical education.
The Chapter Excellence Program promotes the intentional learning of personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics, as 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 students’ 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.
Chapter vice president, Lexie Enzana, and treasurer, Joseph Temenski, will represent East Brunswick Tech as a Models of Excellence recipient at the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-29. The students will be honored at a recognition dinner, on stage in front of the entire SkillsUSA delegation, and will compete for top framework honors during Models of Excellence interviews.
The East Brunswick Tech chapter was awarded the Models of Excellence recognition for their “SkillsUSA Day,” a workshop planned and led by SkillsUSA student officers to welcome new members into SkillsUSA and to teach them about the personal, technical, and workplace skills that make up the SkillsUSA framework. The student officers were responsible for creating objectives for the day and then developing lessons and activities to accomplish their objectives. The student leaders worked with their chapter advisors, Sarah Rubin and Thomas Leibering, to learn the planning, organizational, and management skills necessary to lead an educational, productive, and engaging workshop. The members that attended began to learn the essential communication and teamwork skills that will help them to be successful, standout students and employees.
The East Brunswick Tech SkillsUSA chapter is incredibly honored to receive this award and looking forward to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in June.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information: www.skillsusa.org