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SkillsUSA Chapter Wins Model of Excellence Award

Catawba Valley Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter was recently named a Model of Excellence chapter for the second year in a row.


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The award is sponsored by Lowe’s Companies, Inc., and is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

“CVCC is focused on preparing our students to enter a competitive job market with both technical and soft skills,” said the college’s Dean of Business, Industry & Technology and chief SkillsUSA chapter advisor Gary Muller. “Winning the Model of Excellence two years running acknowledges we are on target.”

Model of Excellence is a national program that recognizes the integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in SkillsUSA chapter activities. To date, CVCC is the only college that has ever received the Model of Excellence Award twice.

“The Model of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “The CVCC chapter defines excellence across the board, serving as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs. These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities.”

The 24 Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. Activities include finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition at an awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business leaders.

CVCC’s chapter will also receive a grant of up to $4,000 from program sponsor Lowe’s Companies Inc.

“This is the fourth year Lowe’s has supported this program, and we are honored to be part of it,” said Troy J. Dally, Lowe’s senior vice president, general merchandising manager, seasonal and services. “These students possess the skills that every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving. Their SkillsUSA instructors take the education of these students to the next level by elevating it from classroom instruction to successful application.”

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 within each skill area ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of students in implementing essential workplace skills, including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of the program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

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 360,000 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:

About Lowe’s in the Community:
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.


Pictured is SkillsUSA co-advisor Tammy Muller (right) recognizing Charles Preston (left), the college’s Chairman of the Trustee Board for his and the Board’s continued support of SkillsUSA activities. Also pictured is CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw (center).  




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