Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s statewide tour of county vocational-technical schools continued this month with visits to Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) in Mays Landing on March 20 and Passaic County Institute of Technology (PCTI) in Wayne on March 26.
At ACIT, the Lt. Governor met with students from the Academy of Math, Engineering, and Science (AMES), a rigorous four-year program that provides students an understanding of the engineering process as it relates to the real world. through partnerships with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
“The AMES program concentrates on all of the skills and knowledge that students need to prepare themselves for a variety of technical career paths, giving them a tremendous advantage whether they choose to enroll in college programs or directly enter the workforce,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.
“Atlantic County Institute of Technology is paving the way for our STEM students to change the way we think about math, engineering and science. New Jersey is proud to be home to such a progressive institute of learning,” she said.
A highlight of the Lt. Governor’s event at PCTI was a visit to the branch of Columbia Bank located on the campus, which is staffed by students at the PCTI Academy of Finance.
“The ultimate goal for CTE schools is to offer students the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge that will compliment their campus coursework, providing them with a competitive edge to succeed in their career of choice,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.
“This approach is a unique feature of PCTI’s Academy of Finance program of study where students are exposed to an actual branch bank where they are able to get hands on experience. The Christie Administration is excited about the creative steps our CTE schools are taking to make sure our students are workforce ready,” the Lt. Governor said.