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.
Marissa Stahl is a 2001 graduate of the dance program in the School of Performing Arts at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. She continued her education at Montclair State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a dance major. Today, she is teaching at her high school alma mater.
“Looking back, choosing to attend GCIT was a defining moment in my life. The choice to attend a vocational school at the age of 13, set my career in motion, without realizing it at the time. I had danced from early age and always loved the art form.
“GCIT not only fostered my technical development as a dancer and as a young artist, but it also prepared me with the skills, knowledge and experiences to be career/college ready. The opportunities I was given and relationships that I built at GCIT have deeply impacted me, which I never take for granted.
“As a dance educator in a vocational school, I can only hope that I can assist my students in their development as dancers and young adults the way my teachers/mentors have done for me.”