Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno signed a proclamation today designating February, 2017, as Career and Technical Education Month in New Jersey, and urging all residents of the state to learn more about the opportunities offered by the county vocational-technical school districts in their counties.

The proclamation cites the many benefits of career and technical education, including:

Career and technical education programs incorporate a rigorous academic core coupled with a high-level technical curriculum to prepare students to be college and career ready…

CTE “builds collaborative connections among education, economic development and workforce development to support healthy economic growth…

The comprehensive innovative approach of (CTE) prepares students as global citizens for a lifetime of career and education choices….

See the proclamation here (.pdf).

CCTEC celebrated CTE Month with a pep rally and the school’s first annual Principal’s Cup competition.

The pep rally is underway

Engineering students cheer on their team

Students in each career program presented a display, which included information about their career pathway and infused this year’s national CTE theme, Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow.

The presentations were judged by school administrators, Board of Education members and representatives from the district’s Business Partner of the Year, Team Nissan of Vineland.

While the judging was underway, students from the various career programs squared off in a series of competitive events in the gym; points were awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each event.  These points were combined with the presentation judging points for a final score.

The egg competition in the gym

And the winner of the first annual CCTEC Principal’s Cup:  The welding program, directed by instructor Doug Bonner.

Presentations on SCVTS’s new MEAM (mechatronics, engineering and advanced manufacturing) program drew a great deal of interest.

More than 500 parents, students and community members looking for information on high school career and technical education opportunities in Somerset County attended the SCVTS 10th annual open house on February 4.

The challenge: The future home of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce

Polytech students at work on their part of the project: The shutters

Hunterdon County Polytech construction students are spending CTE Month using their skills to help their communities while learning about various aspects of work available in the industry.

One project involves working with the Chamber of Commerce, restoring shutters for an historic building; a second project is the construction of a new equipment shed for the Hunterdon Central Regional High School girls’ softball team.

Freshmen and sophomores at the Mercer County Technical Schools STEM Academy are spending CTE Month engaged in a “Build it Better” design competition.

The challenge is to create a self-propelled rubber band car that carries water.  Students are working diligently in small groups, thanks to the project’s many partners including NJIT and August eTech.

(Photo credit: Joe Warner for NJ Advance Media)


Students at the Salem County Career and Technical High School showed off the skills they’ve learned before teams of discerning judges (at the 44th annual Quality Cup of Excellence competition.)…

“…(The competition) serves as a vehicle for our students to exhibit what they have learned to the community and demonstrate how they prepare for post-secondary goals of college and entrance into the workforce,” (said principal Jason Helder.)

…The presentations consist of students demonstrating skills specific to their program, sample of student work and projects, communication skills, job readiness demonstration and safety practices. Each program is judged four times throughout the day by different judging teams…

The program receiving the highest number of points gets to host the Quality Cup of Excellence until next year’s competition.

Read the whole story from Bill Gallo of NJ Advance Media and see more pictures.

Assembly Ed Committee 2016 CTE Month Celebration

The Assembly Education Committee started a recent public hearing on school funding at Camden County Technical Schools’ Gloucester Township Campus with the presentation of an Assembly resolution recognizing February as Career and Technical Education Month in New Jersey.

From left:  Sophomore pre-engineering student Jared Yost; Denise Barr, mother of Emma Barr, also a sophomore pre-engineering student; NJCCVTS executive director Judy Savage; CCTS Superintendent Pat Fitzgerald; Committee Chair Assemblywoman Marlene Caride; and Committee members Assemblywoman Gabrielle Mosquera, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Asemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro.

Atlantic County Institute of Technology students in the criminal justice class program and JROTC Academy received a visit from Ranger, a working military dog.  Accompanied by Staff Sergeant Smith and Staff Sergeant Rodriguez, Ranger showed off some of the skills he has acquired, while Staff Sergeants Smith and Rodriguez talked abut the different roles they and the dog play as part of the military and the military police.

Camden Medical Arts 2017 CTE MonthMedical arts students at Camden County Technical Schools are dissecting orbital lobes this month as part of the district’s world-class Project Lead the Way curriculum.

“Read Across America Day” at Warren Tech


The Cat in the Hat visited Warren Tech on Friday, February 3, to kick off Read Across America Day with students in Tech’s child development program, where high school students and preschoolers work together under the supervision of an instructor.

The program simultaneously prepares high school students for the demands of the child care profession while preparing the pre-school students for kindergarten.

The Tech students learn about the physical, emotional and cognitive developmental characteristics of children, creating and teaching lessons and other activities.  They can earn industry-recognized credentials, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, while they are still in high school.

CCTS at the Philadelphia Auto Show

Camden 2017 auto show

Students and staff from both the Pennsauken Campus and the Gloucester Township Campus of Camden County Technical School exhibited at the Philadelphia Auto Show.