SkillsUSA Chapter Named Outstanding CTSO Program

SkillsUSA Chapter Named Outstanding CTSO Program
Posted on 04/26/2017
Congratulations to Worcester Technical High School's chapter of SkillsUSA, as they were honored last night by the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) award of Outstanding CTSO Program! 

SkillsUSA team with WCPS leadership and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon

BALTIMORE, MD (April 25, 2017) – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today will honor outstanding performances in secondary and postsecondary Career and Technology Education (CTE) through sponsoring the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

Maryland’s CTE Awards of Excellence program recognizes business partners, teachers and others who are creating opportunities for students to learn about and prepare for their future careers. As a result of the leadership and contribution to CTE programs the honorees of this award provide, Maryland students are better prepared for careers in computer science, hospitality management, cyber security and health and biomedical sciences. The award recipients have sponsored internships, mentored students as they complete real-world projects, and are helping to create Maryland’s high-skilled future workforce.

“CTE programs, partnerships and learning opportunities are a wonderful way to prepare our students for the future.” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, “These award-winning programs and individuals allow our students to have hands-on experience in both an educational and professional setting, while teaching them how to keep up with the demands of the ever growing and changing workforce.”

Each of the CTE award categories are judged based on program quality and student outcomes. For example, the Outstanding Business Partnerships award is presented to a business that has established a strong working partnership with a secondary or postsecondary institution in order to support, promote, and improve CTE programs. The results of this partnership benefit the school, community and business. The Outstanding CTE Program award recognizes secondary and community college programs that deliver exemplary student and program outcomes and integration of systemic reform. The Change Agent award recognizes leadership for innovative change in CTE programs and focuses on the goals of change, the change process, and overall results. The Outstanding CTSO Program award recognizes exemplary Career Technology Student Organization chapter quality, management and student achievements. The Outstanding CTE Marketing Campaign award recognizes an outstanding multi-platform, comprehensive approach in promoting the benefits of CTE programs.