2012 Business Partners of the Year
Atlantic County Institute of Technology – The Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey
The Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey (PCASJ) is part of the American Culinary Federation, the largest and most prestigious professional chefs organization in America. The mission of the South Jersey chapter is to promote the culinary profession and chefs in general through innovation and education and as well as participation variety of community service events.
In their quest to achieve this mission, the South Jersey chapter has provided students from the Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at ACIT with numerous opportunities to engage in educational and community service events and to work with experienced and accomplished professional chefs in myriad exciting culinary venues.
The members of the PCASJ have demonstrated their commitment to developing the next generation of culinary professionals by providing ACIT students with internships, employment opportunities, and college scholarships.
Bergen County Technical Schools – Karen Piacquadio, DePasquale Salon Systems, Fair Lawn, NJ
Karen Piacquadio, a representative from DePasquale Salon Systems in Fair Lawn, has partnered with the Cosmetology Department at Bergen County Technical High School’s Paramus campus for the past year. Her commitment to students’ education and the value of the services she has provided are immeasurable.
The Cosmetology program prepares students to meet the rigorous examination and licensing requirements of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology. To this end, Karen offered instruction in all aspects of the curriculum, set up certification classes, and arranged for students to participate in outside seminars, courtesy of DePasquale Salon Systems. Her correspondence with other area salons has provided school administrators contact information and employment interview opportunities for graduating senior students.
Sav Romano, the Regional Manager of DePasquale Salon Systems, is also actively involved in, and very supportive of Karen’s efforts with Bergen Tech’s program and continuing education.
Burlington County Institute of Technology – Brandywine Senior Living Center at Moorestown Estates, Moorestown, NJ
The Brandywine Senior Living at Moorestown has been providing work experience for students at the BCIT for more than seven years.
Health occupation students who will be pursuing careers as certified nursing assistants are provided with hands-on, on-the-job experiences in the field of nursing. Every year Brandywine hires four to six students who acquire work experience that prepares them for the world of work. This partnership is invaluable to BCIT’s Health Occupations program as it provides our students a real life experience in the career major.
Camden County Technical Schools – Raymond Trainor, Vice President, A & R Recycling Co., Inc., Cinnaminson, NJ
Camden County Technical Schools is proud to partner with and honor A & R Recycling Co., Inc., and the company’s vice-president, Raymond Trainor, as the district’s 2012 Business Partner of the Year.
Mr. Trainor became involved with CCTS several years ago, and he quickly became involved in all aspects of the district. He currently serves on several career program advisory boards including Green Technology, Welding and Carpentry. He also allows students to participate in his company’s safety programs, and has hired between one and three CCTS students every year, offering each of them full-time employment upon graduation.
Mr. Trainor believes in giving all students a chance to succeed and assigns mentors to help them reach their goals. Mr. Trainor recently shared his expertise in the recycling industry with the staff and students, and as a result, two components were added to the Green Technology curriculum.
The Coastal Broadcasting System Inc, WCZT – 98.7 The Coast has been a supporter and active proponent of the Cape May County Technical School District.
Every year, the radio station broadcasts the “MORNING WAKEUP – Back to School Tour” live from the Tech. DJs Mark Hunter and Phil Pizzi’s live broadcasts have ignited the enthusiasm of Tech students from the Entertainment Production and Communication Arts Technology programs, helping them learn about critical thinking and extemporaneous speaking skills and experiencing the challenges involved with live broadcasting.
Bob Maschio also serves on the Entertainment Production Technology Advisory Board, providing important insights into industry trends and shifts in technological practices. The radio station has also provided numerous employment opportunities for Entertainment Production Technology students.
Cumberland County Technical Education Center – Gary Forosisky, GE Mechanical, Inc., Vineland, NJ
GE Mechanical, Inc. is a union-organized company that offers annual scholarships to outstanding Cumberland County Technical Education Center students for attendance and academics. Gary Forosisky, a successful CCTEC graduate and former Alumni of the Year, is a strong advocate of technical education. He serves on the school advisory committee, working to continually improve district programs, and also provides students with employment opportunities.
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools – Meredith Aronson, PhD. – Director, ManufactureNJ: Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, New Jersey Institute of Technology
As the director of ManufactureNJ, an NJIT program funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Dr. Meredith Aronson focuses on aligning public workforce programs and educational programs across New Jersey with the current and future needs of advanced manufacturing companies in the state.
She has been working closely with the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools to develop programs of study in the Manufacturing Career Cluster, and has provided valuable insights, and numerous contacts within the manufacturing industry who have agreed to serve as advisors regarding curriculum development. Dr. Aronson’s work focuses on strategic innovation in socio-technical systems, putting ideas and reflective practice into real program and organizational outcomes.
Gloucester County Institute of Technology – Dr. Lee Spector, Gray Fox Animal Hospital, Woodbury Heights
The Gloucester County Educational Network (GCEN) is a non-profit arm of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) that provides educational and community-based television programming produced by the students the GCIT Academy of Information Technology and Digital Communications and the School of Performing Arts. It gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in the operations of a television studio.
Dr. Lee Spector, DVM, the owner of the Gray Fox Animal Hospital in Woodbury Heights, started a weekly program on the network in March, and has become a great supporter of the network and the students who run it.
Dr. Spector and the staff at Gray Fox Animal Hospital have raised almost $20,000 for the GCEN through multiple fundraising efforts. These donations will allow GCEN to produce more local programming and allow students to be a part of a real work environment and live production experience. He is also launching a plan to have Academy of Allied Health and Medical Science students join him on his program to showcase their knowledge of the veterinarian field.
Hudson County Schools of Technology – Christopher Troyano – W. R. GRACE & Co., North Bergen, NJ
As a worldwide leader in the construction products industry, GRACE is a premier specialty chemical and materials company with employees located in more than 40 countries. GRACE’s products are used by millions of people each day. GRACE ensures the integrity of some of the world’s major buildings and bridges, enhanced the performance of petroleum products and help preserve the integrity of food packaging. By bringing people together in the spirit of community service, GRACE creates stronger neighborhoods and establishes a renewed sense of comradeship.
Chris Troyano, a Production Supervisor who represents GRACE on the HCST Foundation Advisory Board, has been a terrific partner and neighbor. He has been able to secure a $5000 grant which enabled High Tech High School to launch an iPad initiative and donated guitars and musical equipment to the Academy Independent Studies (AIS)
Hunterdon County Polytech – Dr. Casey Crabill, President, Raritan Valley Community College, Bridgewater, NJ
Raritan Valley Community College has partnered with Hunterdon County Vocational School District for many initiatives at both secondary and post-secondary levels. At the secondary level, RVCC has provided high school students with a number of concurrent credits in subject areas including biology, computer information systems, criminal justice, education and health where students can earn up to 15 college credits before heading off to college. This year, more than 40 students are participating in the concurrent credits program.
At the post-secondary level, RVCC developed a Food & Beverage Management Associate Degree program which currently enrolls more than 80 students. Recently, their partnership expanded to include a competency-based 955-hour Automotive Entry Tech Program, which ends with an internship at a local automotive dealership.
As new initiatives are being investigated and expanded, RVCC continues to be an active and reliable partner in providing advanced educational opportunities for students. This continuing partnership ensures that students are well prepared for post-secondary opportunities and careers in high demand and high wage occupations.
Mercer County Technical Schools – Wegmans of Princeton, NJ (Todd Ferrera, Store Manager)
For more than ten years, the Wegmans Princeton store has played an integral part in the Mercer County Technical Schools’ Hospitality career cluster programs. The Wegmans team has embraced the MCTS student body by hiring apprentice students in various entry level positions throughout their store.
The staff at Wegmans also actively supports SkillsUSA competitions, and provides input into district programs through participation on various craft advisory committees. This year, Wegmans initiated an exciting “behind the scenes” experience, providing program specific field trips that tour the Wegmans store. It is through this type of proactive relationship with MCTS that Wegmans continues to demonstrate its desire to support to the students of today, as well as the employees of tomorrow.
Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools – Suzanne D’Anna, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
MCVTS and UMDNJ have been partners for more than 15 years. Hundreds of MCVTS students have benefitted from taking UMDNJ courses at MCVTS on a dual enrollment basis. At the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, all students take a series of UMDNJ courses as part of the academy program and graduate with a significant number of college courses.
The strong partnership with UMDNJ has benefitted students and faculty. Several MCVTS faculty have also served as adjunct UMDNJ faculty in the provision of these health care courses.
Monmouth County Vocational School District – MaryLou DesChamps, Storr Tractor, Branchburg, NJ
Storr Tractor of Branchburg is the Monmouth County Vocational School District 2012 Business Partner of the Year.
Mary Lou Des Champs, the owner of the company, as well as many of the employees, including Rick Krok and Mike Pastori, have donated their time and materials to the landscaping program and assisted in the construction of the school’s “FFA Links” golf hole. Storr Tractor employees worked side-by-side with students to design and install the irrigation system, and recently, Rick Krok worked with the students to adjust the weather station and stake out additional sprinkler heads for the golf hole. Fred Castenschiold, the commercial equipment sales representative, often visits the school to demonstrate new equipment to the students.
Morris County School of Technology – Lewis Perlmutter, Technical Director, Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
Lewis Perlmutter has been a member of the Advisory Council for the Visual & Performing Arts Academy since 2001 and has never missed a meeting. He is the district’s primary source of information for trends in technical theater, along with production equipment repair, mishap problem solving and efficient purchasing, and also lends MCST specialized equipment, sets and furniture when the need arises.
Over the many years that he has worked with VPA students, he has only missed one performance of the many drama, dance and multimedia productions, which is clear evidence of his strong and enthusiastic support for r students and the district program. MCST is delighted to honor him as our 2012 Business Partner of the Year.
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School – Justin Blevins, PL Custom Body, Manasquan, NJ
PL Custom Body in Manasquan, a producer of customized emergency vehicles, has employed OCVTS students for many years, and many of these students have launched successful careers as body fabricators, welders and painters.
One of these former students is Justin Blevins, who is now the body shop manager at PL Custom. He is now a member of the OCVTS collision repair advisory committee, and has maintained the company’s relationship with our schools by continuing to hire students who start work on a part-time basis through the CIE program; many of them obtain full-time employment at PL Custom after graduation.
Passaic County Technical Institute – Michael Connelly and Gary Malanga, STS Tire and Auto, Bridgewater, NJ
STS has provided opportunities for PCTI students for the past 14 years. Every year, at least two students from the automotive mechanics program benefit from a cooperative education placement at STS.
The STS sites have been approved as AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems) student internship placements as well. Many students have continued as STS employees after graduation. Representatives of the STS management team have served on the PCTI automotive program advisory board, and the company has also provided staff for the automotive programs NATEF evaluations.
Employees of the Keen Compressed Gas Company have shared their knowledge and expertise in the development of curriculum, and assistance to the welding technology program at the Salem County Vocational Technical School District for many years. Several Keen employees serve on the welding technology program advisory committee.
The company has donated supplies and equipment to improve the program, and recently Keen employees refurbished the welding technology shop by providing paint and new booth curtains.
Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools – Steve Shanley, President and CEO, American Tire & Auto Care, Green Brook, NJ
Steve Shanley has been affiliated with SCVTHS for the past five years. He is an active member of the automotive and diesel advisory committee, where he serves as a valuable resource for the automotive technology program. He also volunteers as a judge for local and State SkillsUSA competitions, and offers outside assistance to students whenever needed.
Mr. Shanley provides the school with knowledge and information regarding the new technology and equipment currently being used in the automotive industry; his input is a key factor in efforts to maintain a current curriculum in the ever changing field of automotive technology. His company, American Tire and Auto, employs many students as part of SCVTHS’s Cooperative Education work experience, and has provided full time employment to many other graduates as well.
Mr. Shanley is a valuable asset to SCVTHS students and Instructors and is a prime example of how a School/Business Partnership should function.
Sussex County Technical Schools – Russell Clegg, Agilent Technologies, Budd Lake, NJ
Mr. Clegg has been an engineer with Agilent for the past three decades and has been working with the SCTS electronics technology program for the past 20 years. He is a valued member of the district’s advisory council, where he has helped keep theelectronics program current with industry needs, and has been responsible for many new equipment donations to the shop, valued in the thousands of dollars.
He has been a guest speaker in the electronics classes, relating real life working experiences to students, and he has served as the proctor for senior students for as they take their industry exit exam. He has participated in mock interviews with students during SCTS Partnership days. His feedback to students has been extremely valuable.
Mr. Clegg has an excellent rapport with district staff as well. Most importantly he has an excellent rapport with students. He not only relays the subject matter but also stresses to the students the importance of presenting themselves to the best of their ability.
Union County Vocational-Technical Schools – Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Union, NJ
The Union County Vocational-Technical Schools is thrilled to honor the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (CDDC) as its Business Partner of the Year.
Carolyn Dorfman has been a member of the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Academy for Performing Arts (APA) Advisory Board since the planning phases of the high school in 2006. The CDDC serves as the Artist in Residence at APA: Company members provide students with master classes and also offer a unique opportunity for students to learn excerpts of professional repertoire and perform these works in APA’s Annual Dance Main Stage Performance.
Carolyn serves as a mentor to students as well as APA dance faculty. She and the entire CDDC team inspire, motivate, educate and generously share knowledge, experience, passion and love of their craft. The CDDC reinforces the concepts that dance is a way of life, a way to communicate the human experience and a gift we should celebrate. The Union County Academy for Performing Arts is truly grateful for all of the amazing gifts CDDC brings to the program.
Warren County Vocational-Technical School – Frank Wheatley, Warren County Department of Public Safety
The Warren County Department of Public Safety serves as a great partner to Warren Tech by providing safety training to students in multiple programs. Every year, the department holds a fire safety program, which gives students the opportunity to extinguish a controlled fire at the county fire training facility. Members of the department staff are also very active on the Law & Public Safety advisory board, and help expand students’ educational opportunities by providing specialized law enforcement, first aid, OEM, 911 dispatch, arson investigating and firefighting training for the students.
Warren Tech is currently working with the department and the New Jersey Department of Education to start a new Firefighting CTE program that will benefit both the students and the entire Warren County community.