The Assembly Education Committee has recognized the critical role that career and technical education plays in workforce training and development by approving AR-74 (Prieto, Deignan), which designates February as “Career and Technical Education Month” in New Jersey.
NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage thanked the sponsors of the resolution, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), and the members of the Committee for their recognition of county vocational-tecnhical schools.
“Today’s career and technical education programs link rigorous academics, technical knowledge, real-world experiences, and college-level learning to help students develop workplace skills and prepare them for employment or post-secondary education with a clear career focus,” she said.
Savage said that over the past year, county vocational schools have formed a strong partnership with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association that seeks to strengthen and expand career and technical education in New Jersey through the creation of the NJ Employer Coalition for Technical Education, which will be officially launched later this month.
New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Philip Kirschner said vocational-technical schools play a critical role in meeting the demand for a skilled workforce, noting that here is a great demand among students for places in these technical high schools.