CTE Month Highlights at NJ County Vocational-Technical Schools

February is Career and Technical Education Month.

New Jersey county vocational-technical schools throughout the state are celebrating with open houses, special student projects and presentations.

Salem County Technical School’s 2018 Quality Cup of Excellence Competition

Law and public safety students demonstrate a firefighting exercise

The highlight of CTE month at Salem County Technical School is the annual Quality Cup of Excellence competition, now in its 45th year.

Volunteer judges from the community visit the school for the day for a tour of various career and technical education programs, where students make presentations on their latest projects and describe the real-world training they are experiencing.

The judges then rate the presentations; when all the scores are complied, the program with the highest point total wins the Quality Cup.  This year’s top-scoring program was culinary and pastry arts.

NJCCVTS assistant executive director Jackie Burke served as a judge for the first time this year and came away wowed by the students and their skills.  Read her blog to about the event to learn more and see more pictures.


BCIT Welcomes State Senator Troy Singleton for a CTE Month Visit
NJ State Senator Troy Singleton celebrated CTE Month with a tour of the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) Westampton campus.

A student in the BCIT dental occupations program discusses her work with Senator Singleton

Senator Singleton visited classrooms in the dental occupations, allied health professions, entertainment technologies, pre-engineering, and HVAC programs, where students demonstrated their skills and told him about their post-graduation plans.

Senator Singleton listens as a BCIT pre-engineering student describes his most recent project

Prior to his election to the Senate last year, Senator Singleton served four terms in the NJ General Assembly, where he was the vice-chairman of the Education Committee.  He is a member of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (Local #255) and currently serves as director of operations for the council.

More about the visit…

Governor Murphy Proclaims February as CTE Month in NJ

Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver have issued a proclamation designating February, 2018, as Career and Technical Education Month in New Jersey.

The proclamation reads, in part:

Whereas, 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; and 

Whereas, career and technical education builds collaborative connections among education, economic development and workforce development to support healthy economic growth; and…

Whereas, the comprehensive, innovative approach of career and technical education prepares students as global citizens for a lifetime of career and education choices…

More than 33,000 high school students and more than 6,000 adult students attend New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts.

MCST Kicks Off Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month with Teacher Shadow Day

Just like Punxsutawney Phil, teachers at Morris County School of Technology in Denville saw their shadows on February 2.

As a kickoff to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month,  juniors and seniors in the Academy of Education and Learning job-shadowed teachers for a hands-on experience within their future careers.  In addition to observing, the future educators partnered with their respective teachers in co-planning and designing instructional activities, and on Shadow Day, the students had the opportunity to co-teach the lessons.

ACIT JROTC Cadets Win Six Awards at Drill Competition

The results are in from last week’s multi-state JROTC Drill Competition held in Newark, Delaware.

Competing against nine other teams, Atlantic County Institute of Technology  cadets won first place awards in Team Inspection, Team Regulation and the Academic Challenge, a second place award in the Two-Cadet Exhibition, and third place in the Armed Color Guard demonstration and the Team Exhibition.

NJ Assembly approves CTE Month resolution

A resolution designating February, 2018, as Career and Technical Education Month was been approved by the New Jersey Assembly by a unanimous vote.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Assemblyman Parker Space, the resolution recognizes and promotes the many benefits of career and technical education.

It also encourages students, parents, and other citizens to learn more about CTE, county vocational-technical school programs, and well-paying career pathways that can be launched with an industry credential or a two-year college degree.

New Jersey employers are encouraged 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.

See the resolution here.