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Kofa High School teacher named Arizona SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year

Kofa High School teacher Norm Champagne has been named the SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year for the state of Arizona.

Champagne has been working with VICA/SkillsUSA, which is part of the Career & Technical Education program, for 35 years, raising up numerous regional, state, and national officers for the organization. He has overseen the expansion of Kofa’s chapter of the organization from 100 to more than 700 student members, and Kofa recently received the “Chapter of Distinction” award for the fourth year in a row.

KHS Principal Mike Sharp said, “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Mr. Champagne. He has a way of bringing the best out of everyone. He is a leader of leaders on campus with a strong, dynamic vision for the CTE department.”

This year has been an exceptional year for Champagne and Kofa’s SkillsUSA team, winning 35 of the 51 medals secured by YUHSD at the state competition in Phoenix last week, and having 16 students advancing to the national competition.

According the SkillsUSA, the program is “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.” SkillsUSA currently serves more than 335,000 students and instructors nationwide.