Six New Jersey county vocational-technical schools have been awarded grants that will allow them to partner with businesses, colleges and universities and other high schools to expand and enhance career and technical education opportunities in key industry needs in their regions.
The competitive grants were made available under a bill sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and legislators of both parties, and a $3 million appropriation approved by the legislature and Governor Christie in the 2014-2015 state budget.
The programs funded under the grants include:
Bergen County Technical Schools: Applied Technology High School, a full-time, four-year high school focusing on advanced manufacturing and mechatronics, in partnership with Bergen County College and NJIT. Located at the BCC Paramus campus. Business partners include Howmedica Osteonics Corp (Stryker Orthopedics), Triangle Manufacturing, Sandvik Coromant, the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey and the Bergen Workforce Investment Board. Grant: $600,000.
Hunterdon County Polytech: Computer Science and Software Engineering – Project Lead The Way, in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College, Kean University, Rutgers University and Rowan University. Located at Delaware Valley High School. Business partners include Hunterdon Health Care System. Grant amount: $590,096
Hudson County Technical Schools: Culinary Arts, in partnership with Hudson County Community College. Located at Harrison High School. Business partners include Pomptonian Food Service. Grant amount: $368,484
Mercer County Technical Schools: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – Project Lead The Way, in partnership with Mercer County Community College. Located at MCCC. Business partners include KNF Neuberger, Palfinger, Nordson EFD, Guam, Inc. and Lawrence Mold and Tool. Grant amount: $300,000
Morris County Vocational School District: Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing, in partnership with the County College of Morris and NJIT. Located at CCM. Business partners include the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc., National Manufacturing Co., Inc., ManufactureNJ Talent Network and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Grant: $353,807
Salem County Vocational Technical Schools: Law Enforcement, Firefighter and EMT, in partnership with Salem County Community College. Located at the Salem County Emergency Management Complex. Business partners include the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and the Salem County Fire Academy. Grant amount: $343,902
“These grants for new programs to begin in September demonstrate the shared commitment of the Legislature, the Christie Administration, and the education and business communities to making career and technical education an engine that drives New Jersey’s economy and serves all types of students,”” said NJCCVTS Executive Director Judy Savage. “Each is an innovative short-term approach that will provide career and technical education partnerships to more New Jersey high school students.
“They will fund exciting new partnerships between county vocational-technical school districts, local school districts, business partners and colleges and universities that meet employer needs while increasing the number of students who will be able to benefit from high-quality CTE experiences,” Savage said.