OHM BOCES named chapter of SkillsUSA National Models of Excellence

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NEW HARTFORD —  SkillsUSA has named the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES as one of 24 SkillsUSA Models of Excellence (MOE) chapters for 2021. In its seventh year, Models of Excellence recognizes the exceptional integration of personal, workplace and technical skills into SkillsUSA chapter activities, officials said.

It is the highest honor bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

“Our Models of Excellence represent the very best in 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.”

The top 24 SkillsUSA chapters selected as Models of Excellence will be evaluated in June for top honors. A panel of judges will evaluate each of these highest-level schools based on their goals, plan of action, results, evaluation and SkillsUSA Framework integration. Business and industry partners will conduct finalist interviews with students and advisors, and then help select the top three schools to be recognized on June 24 during the National Leadership and Skills Conference Virtual Recognition Session.

“Our SkillsUSA chapter is honored to be recognized as a Model of Excellence,” said David Stayton, OHM BOCES Career and Technical Education Principal. “With advisors Kim Petronella (recipient of the 2021 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award) and John Stratton (2021 SkillsUSA Region 1 Advisor of the Year) leading the way, our students have elevated their efforts of goodwill and responsibility to new levels and we are so proud of their accomplishments this year.”

The focus of Models of Excellence is student-led activation. These students learn and practice the skills that every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving by taking the lead on all SkillsUSA activities. Their SkillsUSA instructors take the education of these students to the next level by guiding them, but never doing the work for them, elevating learning from classroom instruction to successful application of skills.

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. The top three schools receive national recognition and the opportunity to share their stories through SkillsUSA in publications and trainings.

The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES serves the following school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

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