The Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been named the recipient of the 2018 Economic Development Award from the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC).
BCIT will receive the honor during the Voice of Business Awards Dinner on April 30, 2018 at the Merion in Cinnaminson, where a number of business leaders will be recognized for their outstanding contributions.
“As Freeholder liaison to BCIT, it is wonderful to see the administration receive recognition for the work that they are doing on behalf of our students in Burlington County,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Linda Hughes.
“Burlington County continues to be a leader and innovator in the way that we train our students to enter the workforce. BCIT works closely with over 400 local business partners and advisors to craft curriculum to ensure that students are trained to meet the needs of local employers upon graduation,” she said.
The Economic Development Award is given to an organization that demonstrates proactive involvement in promoting business/community growth or revitalization in Burlington County and demonstrates significant commitment in supporting the Burlington County business community.
BCIT launched a new School of Construction Technology last fall, which responds to the needs of today’s job market, giving students a much-needed edge when it comes to finding well-paying careers. The new and innovative School of Construction Technology offers programs in Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC/R, Plumbing and Welding.
Another innovative program offered is BCIT’s Advanced Manufacturing program. Through this program, students are taught the skilled labor needed today to handle the kinds of modern production processes and upon completion of the program, linked to well-paying jobs with local manufacturers.
“Our goal is to ensure that every student has access to the tools that they need to succeed in rewarding careers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Nagy. “Through innovative programs and partnerships with local businesses, we are paving pathways to better equip our students to enter the workforce fully prepared to help businesses grow, drive a strong economy, and create better paying jobs.”
“The Board is very proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Nagy, his administrative team and BCIT. This award represents the third award within the last year and a half that BCIT has received from the BCRCC to promote skill development, engagement with local employers and contributions to the enhancement of workforce development,” concluded BCIT Board President Robert Silcox.
The annual Voice of Business Awards from BCRCC are presented to an individual or company that demonstrates excellence in commitment to the county business community by meeting three or more of the following criteria: recruitment of new business to the county, enhancement of the county’s image, involvement in community projects, introduction and/or use of new technologies, provides leadership in the business community, actively supports legislative/regulatory action on behalf of business, increases local employment opportunities, operates a successful, stable, entrepreneurial enterprise and/or creatively overcoming business adversity.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Nagy and BCIT Board President Robert Silcox will accept the award on behalf of the Board and BCIT.