Lt. Governor Guadagno Launches Statewide Tour of County Vocational-Technical Schools with a Visit to Bergen Tech/Teterboro

February 17th, 2014

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno kicked off a tour of New Jersey’s career and technical education centers by visiting the Bergen County Technical High School/Teterboro Campus to showcase the school’s partnerships with corporations, medical facilities, and institutions of higher education.

BCTS Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan discussed Career and Technical Education issues as they toured the BCTS/Teterboro Campus.

BCTS Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan discussed Career and Technical Education issues as they toured the BCTS/Teterboro Campus.

“February is National Career and Technical Education Month, and we want to highlight how vocational technical schools have really reinvented their programming from the ‘trade schools’ of previous generations,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.  “One way to demonstrate this transformation is to place a spotlight on some of the powerhouse partnerships that New Jersey’s career and technical schools have forged with business, industry, and higher education.”

NJ Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan joined Lt. Governor Guadagno on the tour.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and NJ Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths learn more about Bergen Tech's automotive design and engineering technology program.  Photo credit:  Office of the Governor

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and NJ Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths learn more about Bergen Tech’s automotive design and engineering technology program. Photo credit: Office of the Governor

Accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, Assistant Superintendent Andrea Sheridan, BCTS/Teterboro Principal David Tankard, and BMW Regional Aftersales Development Manager Jeannette Remington, Lt. Governor Guadagno and the other guests met with students and educators to learn about an alliance between BMW and the school’s automotive engineering and design technology program.

Courses include design, engineering performance, diagnostics and repair, clean air and alternative fuel, computer-assisted design, electronics and pre-engineering.  BMW provides hands-on learning opportunities, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships in its business, law and automotive departments to students enrolled in the program.

The Lt. Governor also toured the school’s Culinology® program, the first high school program of its kind in the United States.

Culinology®blends the science and technology of food production and preservation research with cooking and the culinary arts. Students in the program are afforded access to a state-of-the-art kitchen as well as a separate science laboratory to conduct food chemistry and food microbiology experiments.

Strong partnerships with PepsiCo, Rutgers University, and Hackensack University Medical Center have resulted in numerous research opportunities, including a recent multidisciplinary project that challenged students to develop a nutritional supplement for pediatric oncology patients.

Read the news release from the Governor’s Office.

See more photos from the Lt. Governor’s visit.

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