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YUHSD leader earns SkillsUSA Cornerstone Award

Lorie HoneycuttLorie Honeycutt, Yuma Union High School District Executive Director of Career & Technical Education, was recently selected by the Arizona SkillsUSA Association to receive the SkillsUSA Cornerstone Award. 

The award was established to recognize and celebrate the cooperative relationships that have been established over the years between local school administrators and SkillsUSA chapters. The success of each chapter is reliant on the collective efforts of many dedicated school administrators who have unselfishly committed their professional and civic talents in support of our students. It is given each year to as many as four superintendents, principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors or school board members whose support of the local chapter and the state association has had great impact. 

“Lorie Honeycutt is an inspiration to so many who work to develop the workforce and career opportunities for students – not only for the amazing impact she has had on those in YUHSD, but by her constant energy and leadership in building partnerships and opportunities statewide,” YUHSD Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said.

Honeycutt received the award at the Arizona State SkillsUSA Championship on April 20, 2022 in Phoenix. The award is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of workforce leaders.

Over the past half decade, YUHSD students enrolled in a program supported by SkillsUSA have not only increased in numbers, but also realized unrivaled success, including earning numerous state officer nominations as well as dozens of top 3 finishes at the state level. In 2022, more than a dozen YUHSD students advanced to nationals in a SkillsUSA competition.  

SkillsUSA serves more than 372,655 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,598 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 434,000. SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million annual members cumulatively since 1965 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development. 

More about SkillsUSA:

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation's future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success. 

Eric Patten