During Career and Technical Education Month in February, the New Jersey Council on County Vocational Technical Schools is highlighting successful graduates of the county’s 21 vocational technical schools.
Lacey Bencivengo completed the post-secondary American Welding Society 1-G International Certification program last year at Cape May County Tech and landed a job as an apprentice welder with Ironworkers Local 399 after a highly competitive application process that included an exam and interview.
“The first week of December I received a call that we would be working out in Bellmawr, N.J., for a solar panel company and that next day we were there laying beams,” Bencivengo said. “I can honestly say I have had nothing but great experiences with the men and women I’m working alongside and going to school with as an Apprentice in the Local 399 Ironworkers Union.
Bencivengo said the work is hard, the days long and the weather doesn’t always cooperate.
“But I haven’t had one complaint yet,” she said. “I am thankful I ended up where I did and I can’t thank Cape May Tech enough, as well as Tom Jackson for being the best instructor.”