A resolution designating February 2016 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month was approved unanimously by the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) at the organization’s annual re-organization meeting.
Each of New Jersey’s 21 counties operates and supports a county-wide vocational-technical school district.
“These schools are a source of great pride to county officials in New Jersey,” said NJAC Executive Director John Donnadio. “Their graduation rates are very high, and their preparation of students for both careers and college is outstanding.
“Many have been ranked among the best high schools in the country and in the state by various national publications, and since 2006, 20 of them have won US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School awards, the most prestigious honor in our country’s education system.” Donnadio said.
New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) Executive Director Judy Savage said the commitment and dedication of the County Executives, Freeholder Boards and other county officials “make unique educational and career-readiness opportunities available to tens of thousands high school and adult students in programs ranging from engineering to cosmetology, from IT to law enforcement, from medical sciences to performing and visual arts, from welding to international finance.
“You understand that an investment in 21st century career and technical education is essential to our state’s economic success and to our students’ personal success. Our districts, our students and their parents are thankful for your support every single day,” Savage told the county officials at the meeting.
NJAC also supports county vocational-technical schools by partnering with New Jersey businesses to offer college scholarships to outstanding graduates and by sponsoring the nation’s only county vocational-technical schools cook-off for culinary arts students at the organization’s annual conference in Atlantic City in May.