From digital film to food science, from dance to welding, from health technology to automotive collision repair and from supermarket careers to pre-engineering and manufacturing, the students of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools showed off their skills during the district’s annual Tech Expo.
The presentations, held Feb. 22-25 on all five MCVTS campuses to mark Career and Technical Education Month, were on two themes:
Students on the East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway campuses built theirs around “Career Opportunities” in their fields, with an emphasis on local jobs, while students at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies in Edison and the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge faced the “Original Innovation Challenge.”
More than 60 career-major shops and labs participated, with trophies going to the top three presentations in each schools. The presentations were judged by visiting professionals and district administrators.
The first-place presentations were:
East Brunswick Vo-Tech – dance
East Brunswick School of Career Development – heating, ventilation, air conditioning
Perth Amboy – computer systems technology
Piscataway Vo-Tech – health technology
Piscataway Career Development – basic business technology
Edison Academy – Project Vision, which provides technological assistance for the blind
Woodbridge Academy – NeuroTat, a polyester tattoo to help control seizures from epilepsy
“This year’s culminating CTE Month activity, the Tech Expo, was the best yet,” said Sean McDonald, MCVTS director of career and technical education.
“Across the district, students participated with enthusiasm and made outstanding technical presentations. I was very pleased and incredibly proud of them. Judging from their projects, they all will have very bright futures,” McDonald said.
On Feb. 19, a number of government officials and other dignitaries toured the Edison Academy and watched student presentations. Among those attending were State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios, State Sen. Linda Greenstein, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr., Freeholder Charles Tomaro, Middlesex County College President Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales and Judy Savage, executive director of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.
Sweeney presented a resolution in celebration of Career and Technical Education Month. The guests toured the school’s labs and participated in a roundtable discussion with Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin and the academy’s president, Dr. Linda Russo.
On Feb. 18, Rios and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin toured the new pre-engineering shop on the East Brunswick Campus.