Mercer County Technical Schools ENewsletter

Winter 2011 

Greetings!

 

It's been a busy winter here at MCTS!  I hope you enjoy catching up on what's happening in our district.  Visit www.mcts.edu for the most current information.

 

Warm regards,

 

Dr. Kimberly Schneider, Superintendent

NEWS

SYPEK GRAD ACCEPTS CAREER SUCCESS AWARD

 

career success award 

In this photo (left to oright): Dr. Walter Brower, Chairperson of the MCTS General Advisory Committee; Lorraine Raywood, MCTS Commercial Art Instructor; Thomas Stopa, Career Success Award Recipient; Sharon Nemeth, Principal of MCTS Health Careers Center;

Nancy Schumacher, Principal of Arthur R. Sypek Center

 

 

On February 17, 2011, Thomas Stopa was presented with the Career Success Award by Dr. Walter Brower, Chairperson of the MCTS General Advisory Committee. Mr. Stopa graduated from Trenton Catholic Academy and completed the Commercial Art Technology program at the Arthur R. Sypek Center in 2002.  After high school, Stopa went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.  Stopa has worked for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Raritan Valley Community College, Wharton International Cultural Show and is currently freelancing his services.  Stopa acknowledged his former teacher, Lorraine Raywood, during his heartfelt remarks.  For more information about Tom Stopa's graphic design services, visit www.tomstopa.com

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CELEBRATING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION 

 

 table set up

 In this photo: CTE Week Luncheon Table Arrangement 

 

Students and staff worked together to host a beautiful luncheon in honor of Career  and Technical Education week which took place February 7-11, 2011.  Nearly one-hundred teachers, counselors and other supporters attended.  The Landscape Maintenance and Design students arranged the "C" Building function area to maximize the number of guests in attendance.  Commercial Art students designed individual menus and other signage for the event. The Culinary Arts students prepared a spectacular three-course lunch.  The meal was topped off with a delectable trio of desserts prepared by the Baking and Dining Services students.  Baking and Dining Services students also created edible cookie arrangements for each table.  The luncheon culminated with an inspiring and humorous presentation by Dr. Steve Sobel, a motivational speaker and educator.

   

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DRIVE ONE 4UR SCHOOL EVENT RAISES

FUNDS FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES

 

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In this photo: Mr. Nash accepts check from Haldeman Ford

 

Late last fall, Mercer County Technical Schools was the beneficiary of a Drive One 4 UR School event hosted by Haldeman Ford that raised $1,972.  The Drive One 4 UR School program was developed as a fun, engaging way to help high schools raise money to support student activities. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealerships partner with local high schools to conduct test-drive fundraising events. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford Motor Company donates $20 to the participating high school!  The next Drive One 4 UR School to benefit Mercer County Technical Schools is scheduled for May 14, 2011 at Haldeman Ford in Hamilton, New Jersey.

    

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ARMY CAPTAIN TALKS ABOUT SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS

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In this photo:   Captain Lawrence Schmidle, United States Army Special Forces

 

On February 7, 2011, Captain Lawrence Schmidle, of the United States Army Special Forces, spoke with Assunpink students about his career.  The United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets because of their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force of the United States Army tasked with six primary missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism.  While he discussed his journey through college and his extensive travels around the world as a U.S. soldier, Captain Schmidle's main focus involved goal-setting and its important role in achievement, both in school and later in life.  He emphasized the importance of short-term and long-term goals, citing his own experiences while stationed abroad, most notably in the Middle East.  He also explained the Pillars of Influence, which he developed and believes are the keys to motivation and determination.

 

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HOSA STUDENTS WIN COMPETITION

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 In this photo (left to right): Caitee Macheda and Vikash Bandi

   

On February 5, 2011, students from the Health Occupations, Medical Office Assistant and the Health Science Academy participated in a HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Regional competition.  The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore, helping the students to meet the needs of the health care community. Several students advanced to the state competition scheduled for March 19-20, 2011.  Among those advancing are: Vikash Bandi and Caitee Macheda, who placed 4th in CPR; Shawnee Chaudhury, who placed 5th in Extemporaneous Writing; Nida Qamar, who placed 2nd in Extemporaneous Health Poster; and Nadia Boye, who placed 3rd in Medical Terminology.  The students who competed spent months preparing and studying for the student competition.  Their dedication certainly paid off!  We wish them all the best of luck in the next round of competition!

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ASSUNPINK STUDENTS HOST CULTURAL DAY

 

cultural day

In this photo (left to right): Sunakshi Puri, Lenaya Ford, Shawnna Tift and Shawnee Chaudhury. 

 

On February 1, 2011, Assunpink held its first Cultural Day, an event designed by students to celebrate diversity.  Cultural Day gave students the opportunity to share information regarding their cultural backgrounds and to taste different ethnic foods prepared by their peers.  The students also gave presentations describing the culture and traditions of places such as Guatemala, India, Puerto Rico, Liberia and Croatia.  Several students dressed in cultural garb and discussed events to which they would wear the outfits.  Cultural Day was a perfect way for students to appreciate the culture and diversity that makes Assunpink unique.

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    STRUCTURED LEARNING EXPERIENCE = STUDENT OPPORTUNITY

 

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In this photo (left to right): Nick Tucci, MCTS Student & Haldeman Ford Employee

with Ryan Papp, Master Ford Technician

  

For more than 40 years, MCTS has been cultivating trade-based internships (also known as Structured Learning Experiences) throughout Mercer County.  Approximately 60 - 80 students take advantage of this incredible opportunity to "jump start" their careers each year.  Countless local businesses have hired and groomed students from the district.  Students considering a Structured Learning Experience must begin by displaying a positive attitude.  They are required to have an above average class/shop performance (A-B average is required) as well as a consistent attendance record. In addition to instructor involvement, Mr. Nash, MCTS SLE/Co-op Coordinator, establishes relationships with various companies seeking trade-based entry-level positions.  Mr. Nash works closely with all instructors by alerting them of prospective jobs for their students.  Most leads are generated from a simple phone call to the school, a conversation at a community event, or a graduate looking to provide an opportunity.  Structured Learning Experiences are in demand each year!  For more information, contact DNash@mcts.edu.

 

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LAndscape Students Partner with

West Trenton Garden Club

 

Students from the Arthur R. Sypek Center Landscape Maintenance and Design class recently refurbished the Birmingham mini-park in Ewing Township. The students conducted this community service in partnership with the West Trenton Garden Club.  They took on the assignments of tree trimming, weeding, planting and cleaning up the park.  In the Landscape Maintenance and Design class, students learn about lawn and landscape maintenance, turf management, environmental science, hardscaping and patio design.  Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for entry-level employment with landscaping and fertilization companies.

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STUDENTS TEAM UP WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS

 

Earlier this winter, students from Culinary Arts and Baking and Dining Services teamed up to support the Jingle All the Way 3K fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics of New Jersey.  The students provided chili, soup, baked goods and pastries to over 400 participants. Six of the students ran in the event and helped serve food!

serving food line up 

  

Photo on left: Arthur R. Sypek students serve food to participants.

Photo on right: Line-up for the "Jingle All the Way 3K"

 

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HEALTH CAREERS STUDENTS RECEIVE EMPOWERMENT GRANTS

 

Sixteen students from Mercer County Technical Schools' Health Careers Center were recently awarded Just in Time grants by the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment.  The grants are awarded to women who are furthering their studies in the healthcare field and are intended to provide financial assistance to purchase additional scrubs, reduce transportation expenses or other personal necessities.  Students received grants ranging from $100 to $300 each.  A ceremony for the honorees was held at the Hamilton Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center.

 

Just in Time grant recipients are Sonia Allen, Sherley Colas, Christina Daranijo, Guerda Eugene, Katty Georges, Mercedes Harris-Karto, Minnie Hood, Teresa Jones, Aquilla Lee, Sharon Logue, Absatou Ndiour, Danielle Patton, Melissia Smith, Marci Speece, Georgina Wartenberg and Jacquelyn West.

 

 

 HCC Just in Time Grant Photo

In this photo (left to right): Danielle Patton, Minnie Hood (not seen),

Sonia Allen, Jaquelyn West, Absatou Ndiour, Guerda Eugene,

Christina Daranijo, Sharon Logue, Aquilla Lee (not seen), Sherly Colas

 

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CAREER PRESCRIPTION FOR SUCCESS

 CVS PHARMACY TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP

CVS

 

This opportunity is offered through a Youth Transition-to-Work (YTTW) Grant/NJ DOL and CVS pharmacy.

 

Pre - Internship Training:

Interested students will need to complete :

Job shadowing to learn more about the career and work-place demands

WinAt-Work Employability Skills; interactive, web-based training students may complete at home or school.  Includes a pre-test and post-test and Certification when passed; may be taken multiple times if desired.

Pre-occupational training through Mercer County Technical School/Health Careers Center and CVS.  Class meets after school 1 day/week for 8 weeks. Instructor will focus on pharmacy basics & careers, customer care, verbal and non-verbal communications, communication barriers and special populations, and pharmacy math.

 

Registered Internship Training

As a CVS associate, begins pharmacy technician training (paid) provided by CVS instructor; employment contingent upon meeting CVS employment criteria

CVS pharmacy technician training requires 4 months to complete

Continued employment contingent upon completing CVS' training and obtaining NJ pharmacy technician licensure

The Registered Internship (a.k.a. Apprenticeship) continues for 2,000 hours instruction.  Upon completion, intern/employee receives a portable certificate of completion from US DOL.  Prepared to sit examination for PTCB certification.

Eligible for 12 credit hours of job related college courses at MCCC and paid through grant funds

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Current high school senior with June 2011 Graduation

Minimum age 18 years by September 1, 2011

Good academic standing (grades & attendance)

Clear background check & drug screening

Career interests in healthcare or human services

Successful customer service and personal interview assessments by CVS

 

For more information, contact: Marsha Lynch,  melynch@cvs.com  or call 941-932-1981.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OPEN HOUSE                                                             

MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

March 12, 2011     11am - 1pm

Prospective students and parents are invited to attend an Open House. You'll meet our talented teaching staff and learn about our programs of study, business partnerships and affiliations with post-secondary institutions.

Mercer County Technical Schools

Assunpink Center

1085 Old Trenton, Trenton, NJ (Across from MCCC)

OPEN HOUSE                                                             

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER

March 15, 2011   2pm - 8pm

Prospective students are invited to attend this Open House to learn more about programs.

Mercer County Technical Schools

Health Careers Center

1070 Klockner Road, Trenton, NJ 08619

EVENING INFORMATION SESSION                                                            

MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

March 22, 2011     6pm-7pm

Prospective students and parents are invited to attend an Evening Information Session. You'll meet our talented teaching staff and learn about our programs of study, business partnerships and affiliations with post-secondary institutions.

Mercer County Technical Schools

Arthur R. Sypek Center

129 Bull Run Road, Pennington, NJ 08534

EVENING INFORMATION SESSION                                                            

MERCER COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

March 24, 2011     6pm-7pm

Prospective students and parents are invited to attend an Evening Information Session. You'll meet our talented teaching staff and learn about our programs of study, business partnerships and affiliations with post-secondary institutions.

Mercer County Technical Schools

Assunpink Center

1085 Old Trenton, Trenton, NJ 08690 (Across from MCCC)

In This Issue
Sypek Grad Accepts Career Success Award
Celebrating Career and Technical Education Week
Drive One 4UR School
Army Captain Talks Goals
HOSA
Cultural Day
Structured Learning Experience
Landscape Community Partnership
Jingle All the Way 3K
HCC Students Receive Empowerment Grants
CVS Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship
UPCOMING EVENTS
PARENTS SPEAK

 

PARENTS SPEAK!

 

"Health Science Academy is a perfect fit for my daughter, because it offers a challenging curriculum, small class sizes and great teachers that care about their students.  The school's environment encourages the kids to strive for excellence!  I am glad that I chose HSA over the private school my daughter was going to attend."

 

--Jeanette Ford

Parent of Health Science Academy Student

 

  

The Honorable
Brian M. Hughes

County Executive

 

 

BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS

 

Hon. Ann M. Cannon

Chairwoman

 

Hon. Keith V. Hamilton

Vice-Chairperson

 

Hon. Lucylle R. S. Walter

 

Hon. Dan Benson

 

Hon. John Cimino

 

Hon. Anthony P. Carabelli

 

Hon. Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr.

 

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTY OF MERCER

 

Mr. Albert Pitman

President

 

Mr. Clifford Reisser

Vice-President

 

Mrs. Judith Iszard

 

Mr. Kevin Drennan

 

Dr. Samuel Stewart

Executive County Superintendent

 

Mrs. Nancy Swirsky

Business Administrator

Board Secretary

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Kimberly Schneider
Superintendent

 

 Mrs. Robin Soriano

Admissions

 

Mrs. Lori Perlow

Communications