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Durango High School Named National Model of Excellence in SkillsUSA Program

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and
community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA.
“The Durango High School 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, 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. The Durango High School 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 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, or to schedule an interview with a chapter member or the chapter
advisor, please contact Shaun Smith at (970) 259-1630 Ext. 2126 or at
ssmith@durangoschools.org