A Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School teacher was recognized with SkillsUSA’s Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award.
Pratima Patil, a health science instructor from the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences in Bridgewater, received the award during the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky., last week
One of SkillsUSA’s highest recognitions, the Educator of the Year is awarded for outstanding teachers who guide SkillsUSA student members to becoming leaders in their chosen fields.
The award is only given sporadically when the SkillsUSA Board of Directors wants to honor an exceptional educator for their service and dedication to career and technical education and SkillsUSA.
“One of the many things that makes Pratima an outstanding educator is her emphasis on teaching her students soft skills, such as creative thinking, problem solving, communications, teamwork and entrepreneurship,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “She wants to mold every student into a self-directed, motivated and responsible decision-maker.”
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled.
Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job.
SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information: www.skillsusa.org