Accompanied by Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Harold Wirths and Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno visited Bergen County Technical High School to kick off a Statewide tour of career technical education schools to promote partnerships with business and higher education.
From a news release from the Governor’s Office:
“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.”
At Bergen County Technical High School’s Teterboro campus, Lt. Governor Guadagno met with students and educators to learn about an alliance between BMW and the school’s automotive engineering and design technology program, which offers courses in 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.
The Lt. Governor also toured the school’s Culinology® program, which blends the science of food production and preservation research with cooking and culinary arts. The facility features a state-of-the-art kitchen as well as a separate science laboratory to conduct food chemistry and food microbiology experiments. The program – the first of its kind among high schools nationally – offers strong partnerships with PepsiCo, Rutgers University, and Hackensack University Medical Center.