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The SkillsUSA chapter at Bergen County Academies was recently named among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally as a “Model of Excellence” recipient. Models of Excellence is a national program that recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, one of the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “The Bergen County Academies chapter defines excellence across the board, serving as a model for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs. Students impacted by a quality chapter represent our future workforce and reflect the future of the communities in which they reside. What a tremendous honor that validates this outstanding SkillsUSA program in your local community.”

All Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24. Activities include Models of Excellence finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition during the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business partners. The Bergen County Academies chapter will also receive a grant of up to $4,000 from program sponsor Lowe’s.

“This is the second year Lowe’s has sponsored this program, and we are honored to be part of it,” said Troy J. Dally, Lowe’s senior vice president of customer experience. “The students I have met are an amazing group. They possess the skills that every employer seeks including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork, problem solving and many more. Equally as impressive are their teachers and advisors. They take the education of these students to the next level by moving it from classroom instruction to successful application and fulfillment.”

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. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of 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.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with a chapter member or the chapter advisor, please contact Advisor: Mary Beth Brace – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.