In recognition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Congressman Leonard Lance visited the students of Hunterdon County Vocational School District’s (HCVSD) new Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy to speak about the importance of CTE programs and the benefits they have for students.
The Congressman’s remarks to students focused on the unique experiences associated with CTE.
He noted that internship opportunities and real-world work experiences are valuable aspects of a complete curriculum, and lauded the work of vocational schools for their commitment to providing these opportunities.
The Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy, which opened in September, 2015, is a four-year, full-time program located within Delaware Valley Regional High School. HCVSD won a grant state to start the academy under a program that encouraged county vocational-technical schools to partner with colleges, businesses and local school districts to expand the availability of CTE opportunities.
“The Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy is an invaluable educational asset to Hunterdon County,” Congressman Lance said. “I was pleased to meet with the students and faculty and see first-hand the many 21st century tools being put to use.
“Excellent technical education makes students better prepared and equipped with greater knowledge to pursue a degree or start a career. This opportunity not only allows students to earn college credits while in high school but also prepares students to be competitive in college and the evolving job market,” he said.
Congressman Lance is a strong supporter of career and technical education. He has visited the vocational-technical school districts in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Union Counties several times the past few years.
Dr. Kim Metz, Superintendent of HCVSD, conveyed her appreciation to Congressman Lance for taking the time to visit the new academy.
“We thank the Congressman for speaking to our students regarding the importance of a career and technical education. His support of the program is very important to us, and we look forward to his continuing recognition of the academy,” Dr. Metz said.
Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are being accepted until March 1.
Eighth grade students interested in applying can do so through the district’s web site.