By Jackie Burke
NJCCVTS Assistant Executive Director
One of the best parts of my job is getting to visit our schools throughout the state and seeing the kids in action.
On February 14, I had the pleasure of visiting Salem County Vocational Technical School as a guest judge for their annual Quality Cup of Excellence competition.
Judges toured the child care, ROTC, cosmetology, electrical, construction, law and public Safety, agricultural science, culinary and pastry arts, graphics, allied health, auto tech, CADD and welding programs. Each group of students made a presentation describing what they are learning and discussing their current projects.
As always the students were the stars of the day (although the baby goat in agriculture was a close second!)
Every student there did a fantastic job explaining the program and the real world training they were receiving.
We judges were treated to fantastic samplings of foods and desserts, saw a demonstration of a virtual reality police force situation simulator, watched a student build a rocking chair for his mother in carpentry and toured a cardiac care unit classroom replication where students practiced all the health care careers, including simulated surgery.
In the end, the culinary and pastry arts students won the 2018 Quality Cup with a judges score of 93.8. But all of the students – and the animals – excelled.
I can’t wait to come back next year (although I will definitely remember not to eat lunch before visiting culinary!)