In addition to student events, technical skills demonstrations and open houses in districts throughout the state, our schools were honored with a joint resolution by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly on February 27.
Sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Senate Education Chair Teresa Ruiz and Assembly Education Chair Patrick Diegnan, the resolution highlights the educational, economic and social benefits of CTE.
I was joined on the floor of the Assembly by county vocational-technical school district superintendents Dr. Kimberly Metz of Hunterdon Polytech, Scott Moffitt of Morris County Schools of Technology, Mike Dicken of Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Dr. Kimberly Schneider of Mercer County Technical Schools, Andrew Musick of the NJ Business and Industry Association and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to receive the resolution from Speaker Vincent Prieto.
Having the visible support of our legislators and the business community helps to highlight the critical role of career and technical education in preparing tomorrow’s workforce. Accepting this resolution on behalf of the New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools and our students was a great honor and a highlight of my career as executive director of the Council.
Earlier in the month, we announced the launch of the NJ Employer Coalition for Technical Education, a partnership of more than 125 business, education, labor and government leaders who support the expansion of county vocational-technical school opportunties as a way to shrink the skills gap and ensure New Jersey’s future economic prosperity.
The Lt. Governor has visited Bergen Tech in Teterboro (news release – photos), Monmouth County’s Biotechnology High School in Freehold (news release – photos), Union County’s Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains (news release – photos), and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools in Bridgewater (news release – photos). The tour will continue this month visits to other counties.