BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Out of nearly 4,000 chapters, the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s SkillsUSA chapter was selected as a national Model of Excellence recipient. 

SkillsUSA is a national organization that not only prepares students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, but also holds yearly competitions showcasing students and their skills.

Gayle Silvey, membership development liaison at SkillsUSA, spoke of SCVTHS and its achievement saying, “As a Model of Excellence (MOE) winner, your chapter is among an elite group of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally.” 

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As part of the honor, SCVTHS SkillsUSA members and advisors will take part in a series of events during the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky on June 22 through June 26. Additionally, the SCVTHS SkillsUSA chapter will receive a $2,000 grant from Lowe’s, who is a SkillsUSA sponsor.

“These chapters define excellence, and their best practices will serve as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs,” said SkillsUSA’s executive director Tim Lawrence.  “We commend these chapters’ impressive accomplishments.” 

According to a SkillsUSA press release, “The awards are the pinnacle of the national organization’s new Chapter Excellence Program (CEP), which honors chapter achievement relative to SkillsUSA’s framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to empower its student members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It also serves as the blueprint for career readiness, the ultimate goal for SkillsUSA students. By centering on industry demands, the SkillsUSA framework builds a foundation for relevant learning and employability skill development.”

For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or