Vocational-Technical Schools and County Colleges Expand Collaboration

A Somerset Vocational &Technical Schools student on the campus of Raritan Valley Community College.

New Jersey’s county-based community colleges and county vocational-technical schools pledged to work together to respond to rapid technological change and upheaval by collaborating to expand high-quality educational opportunities to better prepare students for success in high-demand careers.

The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges issued a white paper making specific recommendations for collaboration that will help more New Jerseyans launch affordable education pathways that respond to the needs of students, employers, communities and New Jersey’s economy.

On Aug. 18, the organizations held a convening on Aug. 18 to focus on how county colleges and vocational-technical schools can collaborate to expand high-quality educational opportunities to better prepare students for success in high-demand careers. Listen in on the conversation below.

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Read our op-ed in NJSpotlight, County Colleges, Vocational-Technical Schools — Partnering to Boost NJ’s Prosperity.

Aaron Fichtner, the president of NJCCC, and Judy Savage, the executive director of NJCCVTS, welcomed presidents and superintendents to the virtual convening.

Fichtner spoke about a Vision Paper recently released by the NJCCC and gave a detailed review of the Pathways and Skills Collaborative Initiative.

The first panel focused on dual credit strategies to expand access and improve outcomes for students. It featured  Scott Moffitt, the superintendent of the Morris County Vocational School District and Anthony Iacono, the president of the County College of Morris, Howard Lerner, the superintendent of Bergen County Technical Schools and Anthony Ross, the president of Bergen Community College.

A second panel highlighted the Rowan College of South Jersey Work and Learn Consortium. It featured Fred Keating, the president of Rowan College of South Jersey, Michael Dicken, the superintendent of Gloucester County Institute of Technology and Dina Rossi, the superintendent of Cumberland County Technical Education Center.