February 11, 2016

NJ Senate resolution designates February as CTE Month

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NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney (left) with NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage and Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Superintendent Brian Loughlin, the President-elect of NJCCVTS

The New Jersey State Senate today gave unanimous approval to a resolution designating February 2016 as Career and Technical Education in New Jersey.

Sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senator Teresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, Senate Resolution 19 recognizes and promotes the educational and economic benefits of career and technical education in New Jersey.

The resolution acknowledges New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts, and more than 32,500 secondary and 5,000 adult students who benefit from a wide array of programs that prepare them for college and the workforce.

It also highlights the strong support for CTE from the state’s business community and the New Jersey Employer Coalition for Technical Education, which seeks to encourage employer involvement with technical schools, shrink the skills gap, and ensure the state’s continued economic prosperity.

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Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz with NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage at the State House in Trenton

SR 19 urges students, parents and others to learn about career and technical education, county vocational-technical school programs, and well-paying career pathways that can be launched with an industry credential and/or a technical degree.

It encourages employers to become active partners with county vocational-technical schools to align curriculum with their workforce needs and provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities to students.

Following its approval in the Senate Chambers today, the resolution will be formally filed with the Secretary of State and transmitted to the Governor.

“New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools are grateful to the New Jersey Senate for joining us in the February celebration of Career and Technical Education Month,” said Executive Director Judy Savage.

“CTE is thriving in our state, and it is a great honor to be recognized by this Senate Resolution highlighting the importance of career and technical education programs to students and employers,” she said.