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Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s SkillsUSA Chapter achieves Model of Excellence Status

(Sewell, NJ)—Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) has been recognized as one of 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally to achieve Models of Excellence status.
The Models of Excellence program is part of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, which honors chapters for exemplary work in supporting the SkillsUSA Framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
This is GCIT’s sixth consecutive year being recognized by SkillsUSA. Previous community service projects have been the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide awareness and prevention, Stress Free Day for Gloucester County Law Enforcement, Senior Prom for residents of Shady Lane Nursing Home, Care Packages for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, “Sleep Out” for homeless teens awareness and Love our Vets.
This year, the GCIT SkillsUSA Community Service Team partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey to help fulfill their requirements of their state competition project. Together, they collected over 3000 items and created over 300 kits for families in need.
“This national program recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in SkillsUSA chapter activities,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger. “This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.”
“GCIT is recognized as a statewide and nationally as a leader in providing Career and Technical Education experiences for our students. This award exemplifies the outstanding efforts of our students, advisors, alumni and everyone who is involved in the district’s SkillsUSA and other Career and Technical Student Organizations,” said Michael C. Dicken, Superintendent of the Special Services School District and Vocational – Technical School District of Gloucester County.
The Models of Excellence program promotes specific characteristics defined within each skill area to 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.
“It is no surprise that GCIT’s SkillsUSA Chapter is once again recognized nationally for its achievements,” said Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Department of Education. “Their work with the Ronald McDonald House and their continued efforts to support community members is inspiring.”
SkillsUSA allows students to discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni.
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