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SkillsUSA: Gold Chapter of Distinction

The SkillsUSA chapter at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES was recently honored for its hard work and dedication by being named as a 2020 Gold Chapter of Distinction by the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP).

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to offer leadership and citizenship development to complement students’ career and technical education (CTE) skills training. Chapters and their members are also able to participate in local, state and national SkillsUSA competitions.

CEP recognizes chapters that use the SkillsUSA Framework as a guide to plan activities throughout the year. The Framework requires chapters’ goals to be specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timely. Within the three components of the Framework — personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills — are essential elements which reinforce high-demand employability skills, and serve as benchmarks for measuring student success during an activity. This approach underscores SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens” on the chapter level.

Chapters are encouraged to participate in CEP and earn recognition for their program involvement at one of the three award levels -- Quality Chapter Award, Chapter of Distinction Award and Models of Excellence Award. Each level is designed to give chapters a benchmark for success and future improvement, leading to stronger chapters and more prepared students.

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.