SkillsUSA honors Stratton with national award

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NEW HARTFORD — A BOCES career and technical teacher has won a prestigious Advisor of the Year award for participation in SkillsUSA at his school.

The award was presented to John Stratton, an automotive instructor at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES in New Hartford as the winning SkillsUSA advisor for both his state and region.

A dedicated automotive instructor, Stratton embraces all aspects of the SkillsUSA program and feels the SkillsUSA Framework can help every student in every program.

Stratton has been the lead advisor for 16 years and is mechanics cluster chair for the New York SkillsUSA Championships.

He also serves as a national judge. Stratton has been recognized for excellence with several industry awards and is involved in coaching sports and in Boy Scouts.

One of his SkillsUSA members describes Stratton as having “a friendly disposition and outstanding knowledge of SkillsUSA. He is always willing to guide students when needed, but he encourages us to take a leadership role and develop our projects.”

“John 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.

SkillsUSA created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors. Each state selects a winner, and then a regional winner is selected. The top five regional finalists then compete for SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year.

Stratton’s award for SkillsUSA Region 1 represents the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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