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Yuma High recognized as one of nation’s top SkillsUSA chapters

Yuma High School’s SkillsUSA chapter was recognized as a Models of Excellence (MOE) award winner for 2022.

The annual program recognizes the exceptional integration of personal, workplace and technical skills into SkillsUSA chapter activities and is the highest recognition a chapter can receive, and indicates that YHS is one of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters in the nation.

“Our Models of Excellence represent the very best in SkillsUSA chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These students represent America’s future skilled workforce and are future leaders in their local communities. It is a tremendous honor for these chapters and the recognition validates these outstanding SkillsUSA programs and schools.”

The 24 SkillsUSA chapters selected as Models of Excellence will be evaluated in June at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference for top honors. A panel of judges will interview and evaluate each of these chapters based on their goals, student-led plan of action, results, evaluation and SkillsUSA Framework integration. Business and industry partners will conduct finalist interviews with students and advisors on June 22, a recognition dinner will be held June 23 and the top three schools will be recognized on June 24 during the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The top three schools receive national recognition and the opportunity to share their stories through SkillsUSA in publications and trainings.

Yuma High Law and Public Safety students Francisco Arviso and Miriam Tellez will present the school’s MOE project at the national conference.

Kofa High School was named a Models of Excellence chapter in 2020, the last time a YUHSD school was selected.

Here are the 24 schools in the United States named 2022 Models of Excellence chapters:

Buckeye Hills Career Center (Ohio)
Cambridge High School (Ga.)
Cape Cod Tech (Mass.)
Catawba Valley Community College (N.C.)
Center for Advanced Technical Studies (S.C.)
Cumberland County Technical Education Center (N.J.)
Deming High School (N.M)
Dorchester Career and Technology Center (Md.)
Douglas High School (Ariz.)
East High School (Wyo.)
Gloucester County Institute of Technology (N.J.)
Gordon Cooper Technology Center (Okla.)
Greater Lowell Tech High (Mass.)
Louisville High School (Neb.)
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute (Mass.)
New Madrid County R-I Technical Skills Center (Mo.)
Niagara Career and Technical Center (N.Y.)
Putnam Career and Technical Center (W.Va.)
Tennessee College of Applied Tech-Pulaski (Tenn.)
Upper Valley Career Center (Ohio)
Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (Ariz.)
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School (Mass.)
Wiregrass Georgia Tech College (Ga.)
Yuma High School (Ariz.)

According to SkillsUSA, 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 provide tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by 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.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org