Leesburg, Va., June 26, 2020 — A South Carolina teacher was named the 2020 SkillsUSA National Advisor of the Year today. The award was presented to Joseph Chapman, a law enforcement services instructor at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin, S.C., on June 26 at a virtual recognition ceremony. SkillsUSA created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors.

Joining the staff at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in 2017, Chapman became the lead advisor for their SkillsUSA chapter in 2018. He quickly gained numerous instructor-level certifications and accolades, including the SkillsUSA Career Essentials teacher certification, 2020 Teacher of the Year for his school and 2020 SkillsUSA South Carolina Advisor of the Year. SkillsUSA has become a large part of Chapman’s life, as he has dedicated himself to the success of America’s future workforce by intentionally integrating the SkillsUSA Framework into the culture of his classroom and chapter. This year, under his leadership, their SkillsUSA chapter accumulated over 1,100 hours of professional development, over 500 hours of community service, became the largest CTSO in their school district and was named one of SkillsUSA’s top 24 Models of Excellence schools for 2020. The chapter has also had multiple state officers for consecutive years. Chapman has a strong belief that influencing others to become better versions of themselves is the most important role he can play. Chapman graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice and spent 11 years as a deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, four years as an instructor earning numerous awards.

 

Earlier this year, Chapman was named SkillsUSA South Carolina 2020 Advisor of the Year and then 2020 Regional Advisor of the Year for his 10-state SkillsUSA region.

 

“Joseph is a SkillsUSA champion with a true passion for helping students develop their talents and leadership,” said Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA. “He supports quality programming for students built around the SkillsUSA Framework, which prepares them for further education or joining America’s skilled workforce,” she added.

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At the May meeting of the SkillsUSA South Carolina Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved Madison Kenney as the next SkillsUSA South Carolina Executive Director.

Madison joined SkillsUSA in 2014 as a student. Since joining, she has been the 2015-2016 South Carolina State Officer President, an Alumni Coordinator and State Trainer since 2016. Madison has also worked as a Leverage Facilitator at the National Conference for three years, 2017-2019. Madison has also served as the SkillsUSA Alumni representative on the SkillsUSA South Carolina Board of Directors.
 
Madison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. In her free time, she coaches gymnastics and was a part of the University of South Carolina’s gymnastics team. 
 
“I am humbled to serve as the next State Director for SkillsUSA South Carolina. SkillsUSA has made a huge impact on my life, and I’m excited to be a part of the change it is making.”
 
Throughout June, the current Executive Director, Rick Kalk, will work with Madison to provide a smooth transition.  Madison begins her official duties of Executive Director on July 1, 2020 as Rick returns to retirement.
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