Sussex County Technical HS Grad Credits Teacher for Her Job in Public Safety

February 2nd, 2021

During Career and Technical Education Month in February, the New Jersey Council on County Vocational Technical Schools is highlighting successful graduates of the county’s 21 vocational technical schools.

Morgan Herbst attended the law and public safety program at Sussex County Technical School.

After graduating from the vocational-technical high school in 2017, Herbst landed a job working as a public safety 911 dispatcher in the Sussex County Sheriff’s Communications Center.

“The Law and public safety program gave me a solid background in both the terminology used in the public safety fields, and a comprehensive knowledge base,” Herbst said. “I felt like I had a distinct advantage starting my career as a dispatcher because of my shop.”

Herbst singled out law and public safety teacher Dennis McCarthy for helping her be successful in her current position.

“Mr. McCarthy has a talent in applying course studies to real life scenarios, which definitely has helped me as a dispatcher,” she said. “The subject matter covered in my shop also gave me a huge advantage when I began studying for the Law Enforcement Civil Service test, where I scored a 99.5 on the exam.”

Herbst said she distinctly remembers one maxim that Mr. McCarthy told his students: If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

“I have held onto these words since freshmen year in 2013 and to this day believe them,” Herbst said. “I truly love my job, and wouldn’t be where I am today without Mr. McCarthy and law and public safety.”

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