Hudson County Schools of Technology’s 2018 Business Partner of the Year is Andrew Campbell, the president of Eastern Millwork, Inc. (EMI) of Jersey City.
“Andrew Campbell has made a significant impact on the teaching and learning that occurs at High Tech High School,” said HCST acting superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez.
“His commitment to the Design and Fabrication Academy (D|Fab) has been consistent and fruitful. Our students are now working with instructors whose existing career and technical knowledge is supported by an industry leader who believes in the mission of this program,” she said.
Thanks to Mr. Campbell’s sponsorship, five instructors earned Siemen’s Mechatronics Instructor Certification (four of them receiving their training in Germany). These teacher certifications allow D|Fab students to sit for the Siemen’s Level 1 Mechatronic Systems Assistant Certification; this fall, six former students entered college with Siemen’s Certificates in hand.
A major supporter of HCST since 2013, Mr. Campbell has also opened the doors of EMI to students through annual tours which spark student interest in his industry and show them that there is a vital link between the career and technical courses they take—from computer programming and robotics to architecture and wood technology – and their career aspirations. Several students have participated in summer internships at EMI.
Mr. Campbell also serves on the district advisory board, has donated several industry-grade woodworking machines to the district’s Wood Technology program, financed a field visit so educators and administrators could see how a North Carolina high school was working with a local community college and manufacturing-related companies to integrate their needs, and assisted in the design of the program’s classroom at the new high school.