The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) is a non-profit association, created by state law, which represents the vocational-technical school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties.
Membership includes the superintendents of the 21 county vocational-school districts. The Council is governed by officers and members of an executive committee, who are elected for two-year terms by the members.
NJCCVTS has no role in the operation of the individual school districts. Each district is governed and operated independently by a Board of Education appointed by the Board of County Commissioners in the county in which it is located.
The Council represents the views of county vocational-technical schools before state and federal policy makers, the business community and other education leaders. The Council promotes career and technical education and seeks to expand opportunities for students to pursue career-focused education.
NJCCVTS provides coordination among the state’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts, and promotes best practices and organizes professional development meetings for school leaders.
NJCCVTS Leadership (2021-2023)
- President: Michael Dicken, Superintendent, Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District
- Vice-President: Dr. Chrys Harttraft, Superintendent, Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools
- Treasurer: Karen Homiek, Superintendent, Ocean County Vocational Technical School
- President-Elect: Dr. James Pedersen, Superintendent, Essex County Schools of Technology
- Secretary: Gus Modla, Superintendent, Sussex County Technical School
Additional members of the Executive Committee:
- Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent, Burlington County Institute of Technology
- Dr. Dina Rossi, Superintendent, Cumberland County Technical Education Center
- Dr. Philip Guenther, Superintendent, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, past president
- Dr. Howard Lerner, Superintendent, Bergen County Technical Schools, past president
- Scott Moffitt, Superintendent, Morris County Vocational School District, past president
Executive Director: Jackie Burke
Jackie Burke became Executive Director of NJCCVTS July 1, 2021. She previously served as Assistant Executive Director, working closely with former Executive Director Judy Savage since 2016. She has 15 years of public policy experience in New Jersey, including positions with the Senate Majority Office and the Women’s Policy Institute. Jackie’s career has focused primarily on education policy, but also includes employment as a prosecutor in Philadelphia and as development associate at the Alice Paul Institute.
Jackie graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. She earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Assistant Executive Director: Anne Nicolas
Anne Nicolas joined the NJCCVTS as Assistant Executive Director on May 17, 2021. She served on the Boards of Education of South Hunterdon Regional School District and Lambertville Public School from 2011 to 2019, during which she played significant roles in developing education policy and organizing major initiatives to secure the district’s future.
Anne is a former Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and has years of experience working in and with federal, state, and local governments. She brings that expertise and a passion for supporting education to the NJCCVTS.
Anne has a master’s in Public Administration and certificates in Nonprofit Management and Association Management.
Consultant: Judy Savage
Judy Savage retired as Executive Director of the NJCCVTS, effective July 1, 2021. She continues serving the Council as a consultant. Over the past 20-plus years with the NJCCVTS, Judy worked vigorously on behalf of the state’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts. She represented their interests around the state, making connections to county colleges, employers, legislators, key state agencies, and the media.
Just prior to Judy’s retirement, as part of the 2018 voter-approved Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, Judy and the NJCCVTS celebrated the Legislature’s final approval of $220 million in grants to expand career and technical education (CTE) programs across the state. Approximately $50 million in additional grant funding has yet to be allocated.
Judy previously worked with employers from around the state and the Legislature to secure millions of dollars of funding for the County Vocational School District Partnership Grants.