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PCTC named National Model of Excellence for third consecutive year

For the third year in a row, the SkillsUSA chapter at the Putnam Career & Technical Center in Eleanor was named as a Model of Excellence. Photo courtesy Putnam County Schools

The SkillsUSA chapter at the Putnam Career & Technical Center in Eleanor was recently named among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally as a Model of Excellence recipient for the third year in a row.

This national program recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

The PCTC chapter was recognized for several activities they conducted throughout the school year, but the “Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes” was the activity that earned them national recognition. The students planned, built and furnished a tiny home that was then donated to a family ravaged by the flooding that affected several regions of the state last June.

Student SkillsUSA members from across the entire school participated in the project. The students from the Cisco Networking class secured the trailer on which the home was constructed. Drafting students drew up the blueprints, and the Welding program prepared the trailer. The Carpentry Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC classes collaboratively planned, ordered the supplies and constructed the home. The Graphic Design program took daily photos to record the event and promote the project, the culinary (ProStart) program did fundraisers and solicited donations to stock the kitchen and several other programs solicited donations for furnishings and housewares. This student-driven, school-wide community service project was completed in just five weeks.

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “The Putnam Career & Technical Center chapter defines excellence across the board, serving as a model for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs. These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities. What a tremendous honor that validates this outstanding SkillsUSA program.”

The 24 Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-23. 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. The Putnam Career & Technical Center chapter will also receive a grant of up to $4,000 from program sponsor Lowe’s Companies Inc.

“This is the third 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 are an amazing group. They possess the skills that every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving. Their teachers and advisors take the education of these students to the next level by elevating 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, contact PCTC SkillsUSA Coordinator Jennifer Bayless at or 304-586-3494, ext. 4450.


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