The Essex County Schools of Technology’s honored the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) as its Business Partner of the Year.
NJMEP is a nonprofit organization that works with manufacturers in the state to improve their productivity and efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance employee performance
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
Essex County Schools of Technology initially formed its partnership with NJMEP during the 2018-19 school year. Thanks to a Walmart corporate sponsorship, NJMEP is offering students enrolled in the district’s global logistics program coursework and training in anticipation of certification for both Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) via the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).
“This learning opportunity gives students upon graduation a leg up within the industry of supply chain management and global logistics,” said James Pedersen, superintendent of Essex County Schools of Technology. (what the heck does this mean? Can we revise thes)
“Additionally, this program creates hiring opportunities for employers to hire young people with key skills and limits their need to offer extensive job training for product handling and storage, order fulfillment, distribution, and external transportation in warehouses and distribution centers,” Pedersen said.