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OHM BOCES’ Petronella receives regional, national honors

Posted 4/23/22

NEW HARTFORD — Kimberly Petronella, the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES New Visions: Health Professions coordinator/teacher and work-based learning coordinator, was recently announced as the 2022 …

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OHM BOCES’ Petronella receives regional, national honors

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NEW HARTFORD — Kimberly Petronella, the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES New Visions: Health Professions coordinator/teacher and work-based learning coordinator, was recently announced as the 2022 SkillsUSA Region I Advisor of the Year, an inaugural recipient of the SkillsUSA Hall of Champions Award and a 2022 Women of Distinction award recipient.

The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year Award honors SkillsUSA’s most dedicated career and technical education instructors. These instructors serve as SkillsUSA advisors and embrace the SkillsUSA Framework and national programming to create career-ready graduates and opportunities for every member.

States hold an Adviser of the Year competition, and the state winners advance to the regional competition. As a recipient of this award, Petronella is also one of five candidates for the SkillsUSA national Advisor of the Year Award.

The SkillsUSA Hall of Champions Award is a national honor bestowed upon those who have dedicated their lives, at a national level, to helping youth develop the components of the SkillsUSA Framework (personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics) necessary to be successful in a changing world.

Petronella will receive the Hall of Champions Award, and the national Advisor of the Year will be announced, during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference Recognition Session on June 22 in Atlanta.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to offer leadership and citizenship development to complement students’ career and technical education (CTE) skills training. Chapters and their members are also able to participate in local, state and national SkillsUSA competitions.

Petronella was also one of 91 women presented with the “Women of Distinction” award by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon on April 14.

She attended the OHM BOCES LPN program while in high school, is a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education, and was previously recognized as the Rotary Club Teacher of the Year, the 2020-2021 SkillsUSA Area II Advisor of the Year and the recipient of the 2021 SkillsUSA Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award.

“Kim exemplifies the service framework components of SkillsUSA and constantly contributes her time and effort to increase student opportunities in the classroom and in the community,” said David Stayton, OHM BOCES Career and Technical Education Principal. “She is an exceptional educator, a role model for our newer instructors and we are very
fortunate to have her on our staff.”

The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES serves the following school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

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