The NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools presented its 2016 Career and Technical Education Leadership Award to Dr. Joel Bloom.
The president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology was honored on July 20 as a visionary partner of the state’s county vocational-technical schools who has helped to transform technical education in New Jersey.
In accepting the award, the university president spoke about his early efforts to partner with county vocational-technical school career academies to provide talented students with a pathway to NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College. Today, the largest number of students in the Honors College are from county vocational-technical school career academies.
“The broadest retention of learning is by doing,” Dr. Bloom told more than 80 county vocational-technical school leaders attending the annual summer meeting of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools. “That is what goes on today in county vocational-technical schools.”
“Throughout his long career NJIT, Joel Bloom has been committed to expanding technical education opportunities for all types of students,” said Timothy McCorkell, the president of NJCCVTS and the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
“From boosting college readiness among disadvantaged youngsters to recognizing the achievements of vocational school students, Dr. Bloom has been instrumental in strengthening STEM education and career pathways in New Jersey,” McCorkell said.
NJIT has numerous articulation agreements with county vocational-technical schools that enable students to earn college credit for their advanced learning and get a head start on a technical degree at the state’s flagship technical university.
“Articulation agreements between our county vocational-technical schools and NJIT are a win-win for students and parents, and for the university,” said NJCVVTS Executive Director Judy Savage.
“They are also a big win for New Jersey because they keep more top STEM students in state, where they are more likely to move into high-demand positions in engineering, computer science and other fields,” Savage said.