CAMBRIDGE — For the second time in four years, the Dorchester Career and Technology Center chapter of SkillsUSA has been named a Model of Excellence by the national SkillsUSA organization. The DCTC chapter is one of only 24 chapters receiving this award, out of over 6000 chapters and almost 400,000 student members throughout the United States.
This honor is part of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, which encourages local chapters to apply personal, workplace, and technical skills in their activities. The DCTC chapter was selected within the SkillsUSA Framework category of Personal Skills for its work with the Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce in organizing mock interviews to allow students to practice their interviewing skills, as well as a panel discussion during which local business leaders shared information regarding the outlook for their business sector and offered advice to students regarding employment. In recognition of their ongoing partnership, students from the DCTC chapter presented Chamber of Commerce President Bill Christopher with a plaque the chapter received from the national organization as part of its recognition.
SkillsUSA staff advisor Charlene Zinnel said, “We are proud to be honored again by the national SkillsUSA organization and felt strongly we should share this honor with the Chamber of Commerce as they have been a big supporter of our SkillsUSA student organization for a number of years now. We are a natural partnership because business and industry demand employability skills that our students learn through following the SkillsUSA framework.”
The purpose of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. It works to improve the quality of the future skilled workforce through the development of include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics.