Gloucester County Institute of Technology honored Michael Woodward, owner of Mountainside Mechanical in Williamstown, as its 2020 Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
“Mountainside Mechanical has been instrumental in working with our electrical trades students over the past three years,” said Superintendent Michael Dicken. “Mr. Woodward has been an active member of the district’s advisory committee representing construction trades and has given our students opportunities to continue to learn their craft and apply it to real-world experiences.”
Dicken said Woodward continues to train and employ GCIT students and works with the school’s electrical trades teacher to provide current practices and up-to-date tools of the trade.
“This continues to be a symbiotic relationship between our school and Mountainside Mechanical,” Dicken said.