21 business partners honored by N.J.’s vocational-technical school districts

New Jersey’s county vocational technical schools announced on Tuesday that they have recognized 21 of their business partners for “outstanding contributions to career and technical education.”

The businesses receiving the 2019 Business Partnership Award all serve on county vo-tech school program advisory boards and consistently offer opportunities for students to gain work experience, donate equipment and serve as student mentors.

“We could not fulfill our mission of providing relevant career and technical education without the active involvement of businesses and employers in our communities,” Scott Moffitt, president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools and the superintendent of the Morris County Vocational School District.

The 2019 honorees include:

  1. Atlantic County Institute of Technology honored Atlantic City Electric;
  2. Bergen County Technical School District honored Michael Hern of Luxury Living by Michael Hern Real Estate;
  3. Burlington County Institute of Technology honored Holman Automotive;
  4. Camden County Technical School District honored Vanessa A. Ravenelle, the ombudsman/community liaison for state Superior Court in Camden County;
  5. Cape May County Technical School District honored Cape May County Fire Training Academy;
  6. Cumberland County Technical Education Center honored Morey’s Piers;
  7. Essex County Schools of Technology honored the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program;
  8. Gloucester County Institute of Technology honored C. Schultes;
  9. Hudson County Schools of Technology honored Louis Gargiulo Co. Inc.;
  10. Hunterdon County Vocational School District recognized Sumner Siecke, the owner and operator of Hunterdon Horizons Excavating;
  11. Mercer County Technical School honored the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab;
  12. Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools honored David Baron, plant manager at Gilchrist & Soames;
  13. Monmouth County Vocational School District honored the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office;
  14. Morris County Vocational School District honored Chilton Medical Center;
  15. Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools honored Yamaha Motor Corp.;
  16. Passaic County Technical Institute honored Scott Barna, the president of Route 23 Auto Mall;
  17. Salem County Vocational Technical School honored the Salem County Sheriff’s Office;
  18. Somerset County Vocational & Technical School District honored Prestige Medical Solutions;
  19. Sussex County Technical School honored Thorlabs;
  20. Union County Vocational-Technical Schools honored Dr. Susan Rele, the owner of AmeriCare Physical Therapy;
  21. Warren County Technical School honored welders Dino Forst and William Heins.

“These business partners help our county vocational-technical schools  develop strong career and technical education programs for our students,” Moffitt said. “At the same time, these employers devote their time and energy to our schools because they understand the critical need to develop a technically trained workforce for their industries and New Jersey’s economic future. This is really a win-win for everyone involved.”