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SkillsUSA Names Orleans/Niagara BOCES a National Model of Excellence

SkillsUSA has recognized Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Niagara Career and Technical Education Center as a Model of Excellence for 2022.  SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. 


The Niagara Career and Technical Education Center was one of 24 schools selected across the United States that was recognized for exceptional integration of personal, workplace and technical skills into SkillsUSA chapter activities.  This is the highest honor bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is among the largest student organizations for career and technical education.  The Niagara Career and Technical Education Center’s SkillsUSA advisor Julie Roloff says they were proud to get the news.  “Our Niagara Chapter of SkillsUSA was both thrilled and shocked to get this exciting news!  Our chapter was recognized specifically for an activity we offer school wide to help create a more positive culture here.  The activity focuses on the Framework component, Personal Skills and the specific essential element, Integrity.  Building administrator, Rob Robinson and I were noticing a positive practice by a few students of “doing the right thing even when no one is watching”.  Well we actually are watching and we want to promote this culture in our building!  We approached the chapter officers about kicking off a “Kindness Crusade”.  When students are noticed modeling integrity their names are entered into a biweekly drawing to win gift cards.  Niagara Career and Tech is very honored to be recognized nationally by SkillsUSA!”


 The focus of Models of Excellence is student-led activation.  Students learn and practice the skills every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving by taking the lead on all SkillsUSA activities.  “Their SkillsUSA instructors take the education of these students to the next level by guiding them, by never doing the work for them, elevating learning from classroom instruction to successful application of skills,” says Chelle Travis, Executive Director of SkillsUSA.  “Our Models of Excellence represent the very best in SkillsUSA chapter achievement and community involvement.  These students represent America’s future skilled workforce and are future leaders in their local communities.  It is a tremendous honor for these chapters and the recognition validates these outstanding SkillsUSA programs and schools.” 


Orleans/Niagara BOCES Director of Adult Education, CTE and Instructional Services, Dr. Michael Weyrauch says, “This is an outstanding achievement and I am incredibly proud of the advisors and students for creating this opportunity to better the educational culture at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center.  Finding ways to promote selflessness and positive interactions for the sole purpose of improving the lives of those around you is a skillset our society could use more of. Regardless of someone’s age or title, having this level of integrity will naturally have a profound impact on the world as a whole. Thank you to Skills USA for developing a system that recognizes the outstanding work and achievements that CTE students and advisors are accomplishing all over the nation. It is truly an honor to be amongst the 24 nationally selected schools.”


Each of the 24 schools selected will be evaluated in June at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference for top honors.  Judges will interview and evaluate each of the chapters based on their goals, student-led plan of action, results, evaluation and SkillsUSA Framework integration.  Business and industry partners will conduct finalist interviews with students and advisors on June 22, a recognition dinner will be held June 23rd and the top three schools will be recognized on June 24th during the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony at State Farm Arena.  Dr. Michael Weyrauch, Director of Adult Education, Career and Technical Education and Instructional Services at Orleans/Niagara BOCES says he is incredibly proud of the advisors and students.  

 Woman and two students in SkillsUSA jackets

Photo Caption: Julie Roloff (SkillsUSA Advisor at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center and NYS SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year), SkillsUSA Officers Cassidy Wagner (Wilson) and Lorna Becker (Royalton-Hartland).