Monmouth County Vocational School District has recognized Festo Didactic, Inc., of Eatontown, which hosts the district’s new Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics program for shared-time students.
“Festo Didactic is an international corporation and a leading equipment and solutions provider for technical education. The company designs and implements learning laboratories, educational equipment and programs that train people to perform in highly dynamic and complex industrial environments,” said MCVSD superintendent Timothy McCorkell.
“This new program is the result of an incredible effort by a team of Festo employees who believed it was essential to close the skills gap in the manufacturing industry by preparing students with the knowledge, entry-level skills, and industry-recognized certifications to launch successful careers,” he said.
The Festo team advocated for the program with the corporation, served on the advisory committee that created it and provided guidance on all the management details, from the classroom set-ups to the administrative liaison.
They also volunteered their time to support the instructor, guiding her through equipment certifications that will be incorporated into the program, and connected with several local manufacturers that will be providing job shadowing opportunities and structured learning experiences for level 2 students in the program.