Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies on February 19 for a tour of the school’s engineering labs and a roundtable discussion with students.
Joining the Senate President for the event were Senator Linda Greenstein, Assembly members Patrick Diegnan, Jr. and Nancy Pinkin, and Freeholder Director Ronald Rios and Freeholder Charles Tomaro.
The STEM-focused career academy, located on the campus of Middlesex County College, has received many national accolades, including the US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School designation. It has also won recognition as one of the “Best High Schools in America,” by US News & World Report and Newsweek, and as one of the nation’s top STEM High Schools by US News & World Report.
The engineering students demonstrated some recent projects for Senator Sweeney, including a sensor system created to detect children left in automobiles.
A longtime supporter of career and technical education in his home county of Gloucester and throughout New Jersey, Senator Sweeney acknowledged the value of high-level academy programs that give gifted students a head start on STEM careers that are in high demand throughout New Jersey.
Senator Sweeney presented the students and staff with a ceremonial resolution in celebration of Career and Technical Education Month. He also presented the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools with an official copy of Senate Resolution 19, which was approved by the Senate on February 11, 2016, and designated February as CTE Month in New Jersey.