Three County Vocational-Technical Schools in Essex and Bergen Win National Blue Ribbon Awards

September 30th, 2015

2015 Blue Ribbon SchoolsThree New Jersey county vocational-technical high schools have been honored with the US Department of Education’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools designation.

Bergen County Academies in Hackensack and Essex County Vocational Technical Schools’ Bloomfield Tech and Newark Tech were among the 15 New Jersey public and parochial schools recognized by USED in 2015.

“This designation is the most prestigious honor in the United States’ public education system,” said Timothy McCorkell, the president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.  “It’s both a state and national recognition of excellence, since the state education departments nominate the schools and the USED makes the final selections.”

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The Bergen County Academies campus in Hackensack

“We’re very proud that since 2006, 20 New Jersey county vocational-technical schools have been recognized with the Blue Ribbon designation,” McCorkell said.  “It’s an endorsement of the hands-on, engaging educational opportunities that career and technical education provides, as well as a tribute to the local school districts that prepare students to succeed in these rigorous programs.”

“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a video message to the awardees.

“Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you,” Duncan said.

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Students at Newark Tech

This is the second Blue Ribbon award for two of the schools: Bergen Academies was recognized in 2006 and Bloomfield Tech was recognized in 2009

News coverage of the story:
From the Star Ledger:  Which New Jersey schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools?
From the Record:  Two Bergen County schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools
From Patch.com:  Bergen County Academies Named as National Blur Ribbon School

Blue Ribbon school designations honor both schools that are consistently high performing and schools that have demonstrated exceptional improvements in student achievement in recent years. The three New Jersey county vocational-technical high schools recognized this year all received the award based on their consistent academic excellence.

Read more about Bergen County Academies
Read more about Bloomfield Tech
Read more about Newark Tech
USED news release

New Jersey county-vocational schools that have been honored with Blue Ribbon School designations since 2006 include:

Atlantic County Institute of Technology – 2008
Bergen County Academies – 2006 and 2015
Bergen Tech/Teterboro – 2012
Biotechnology High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2014
Bloomfield Tech (Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2009 and 2015
West Caldwell Tech (Essex County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2012
High Tech High School (Hudson County Schools of Technology) – 2013
Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences – 2014
Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies – 2013
Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School at Perth Amboy – 2012
Communications High School (Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2012
Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T., Monmouth County Vocational School District) – 2013
Monmouth County Academy for Allied Health and Science – 2007
Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (M.A.T.E.S., Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools) – 2012
Morris County School of Technology – 2013
Ocean County Performing Arts Academy – 2014
Union County Academy for Information Technology – 2013
Union County Magnet High School – 2004 and 2013
Union County Tech – 2012

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