February 23, 2016

Congressman Donald Norcross celebrates CTE Month at Gloucester County Institute of Technology

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Congressman Donald Norcross (center) with some of his Gloucester County Institute of Technology student tour guides.

In celebration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Congressman Donald Norcross came to Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) to tour the school’s programs and speak with the students.

Walking through the career-technical programs and shops was a unique and unforgettable experience for the Congressman and the GCIT students.

Congressman Norcross’s tour included several classrooms and highlighted the curriculum and equipment specific for each program.  Through the support of the state and Perkins grant funding, vocational schools such as GCIT can continue to keep up with the current workforce to ensure the machines and equipment used are state-of-the-art.

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Congressman Donald Norcross (center) talks with students and instructors in the GCIT electrical shop.

“During my visit to GCIT, I got to see first-hand young people getting valuable hands-on experience in a wide array of specialized fields, from welding and electrical work, to baking and pastry arts, and even television production,” said Rep. Norcross.

“This education will help these students develop the skills that will prepare them to be the best qualified candidates for the workforce upon their graduation,” he said.

Career Technical Student Organization representatives were able to speak with the Congressman in a question and answer session. The Congressman and students discussed the importance of technical training, Perkins funding and students’ post-secondary options after graduation.

He stressed the value of attending our state colleges and encouraged students to look at all of their options in New Jersey, including participating in internships, apprenticeships and joining the workforce.

The continued success of career technical programs is reliant on funding and the importance of high school students being both college and career ready.

CTE Month is an annual celebration held in February to highlight and raise awareness of the critical role that career and technical education has in preparing students for a rapidly changing workplace and world.

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