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Kofa SkillsUSA Chapter honored among nation’s best

Kofa High School’s Career & Technical Education SkillsUSA chapter was named among the top 24 chapters in the United States as a “Model of Excellence” for successfully planning and performing its role in the December 2019 Good Morning Yuma event.

The award is the highest level of the national SkillsUSA Chapter of Excellence Program.

In a message to Kofa CTE Instructional Leader Norm Champagne, SkillsUSA Career Essentials Coach Marcia Strickland wrote: “Because of your leadership your chapter has excelled and earned Models of Excellence Distinction recognition for your chapter’s efforts and intentionality around ensuring that students receive Framework skill development. We want to continue to honor and recognize your effort and achievement.”

It is the fourth time in six years that the Kofa program has been honored with the distinction. In 2015, Kofa’s SkillsUSA chapter won for establishing its building maintenance program. In 2016, they won for revamping the local BMX bike track in partnership with Lowe’s. And in 2018, they won for designing and installing the “Welcome to Yuma” sign on the corner of Avenue B and 32nd Street.

They were named a Gold Chapter all six years.

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.

Eric Patten