Business Partnerships are Key to
Career and Technical Education Success
In this photo (left to right): Steven Hendrickson, Sally Gillespie, Yolanda Stinger,
Dr. Walter Brower, Scott Clemmensen, Michael Dilts, Dr. Kimberly Schneider
Mercer County Technical Schools is fortunate to have the support of local business partners that are committed to the success of its students. Mercer County Technical Schools' General Advisory Committee is comprised of dedicated professionals who provide guidance to school administrators, teachers and students. "As with all areas of education, it's essential that we involve the general public, business, industry, community and parents," says Dr. Walter Brower, Chair of the General Advisory Committee. Professor Emeritus of Education and Dean Emeritus of Rider University's School of Education, Dr. Walter Brower continues to share his expertise with local school districts.
Dr. Brower believes that career and technical education is vital to the American education process and that Mercer County Technical Schools provides experiential learning opportunities that completes the academic education. He strongly encourages parents to consider career and technical education options for their children because of the great importance it has on the communities in which we live.
Dr. Brower is interested in expanding the General Advisory Committee for the good of the students. Becoming involved allows an individual to make a contribution to the advancement of high school students. Committee members provide valuable insight impacting curriculum and workplace readiness. In addition, some business partners offer student internships, employment and scholarships to enrich the learning process. "The door is wide open and we're always looking for better ways to support the district. Communication that results from multiple industries coming together benefits everyone tremendously," Brower says.
2010 - 2011 General Advisory Committee
Dr. Walter Brower - Chairperson
Linda Baily - Educational Testing Service
Dr. Robert Bartoletti - The College of New Jersey
Scott Clemmensen - Capital Health System
Michael Dilts - Switlik Parachute Co.
Sally Gillespie - Educational Testing Service
Steve Hendrickson - Hendrickson Electric
Judy Menchek - Retired from Mercer County Technical Schools
Shaquona Meyers - ISLES
Lindsey Myszka - Wegman's
Yolanda Stinger - Morris Hall
Elise Tretola - Allies, Inc.
Douglas Walker - DFW Electric Inc.
Bruce White - Retired from Mercer County Technical Schools
2010 - 2011 Governor's Teacher
Recognition Program Honorees
Assunpink Center, Cosmetology Instructor
Arthur R. Sypek Center, Office Skills Instructor
Ms. Lollo and Ms. Tandy were selected as the 2010-2011 Governor's Teacher Recognition Program honorees. The Governor's Teacher Recognition Program was developed in 1985 for the purpose of acknowledging teachers who exhibit outstanding performance. The rationale for this program is based on the premise that excellence in teaching is one of the most significant factors impacting student achievement and the quality of public schools. Further, acknowledging excellence encourages teachers to continue to strive towards that goal. The teachers were honored at a ceremony earlier this month at The Chauncey Conference Center at ETS.
ARTHUR R. SYPEK CENTER NEWS
Commerical Art Technology Students
Participate in Mercer County Teen Arts Festival
In this photo (Back row, left to right): Syed Rizvi, Christian Yanez, Christian Alvarez, Felix Delgado, Chris Brancone, Michaelyn O'Brien, Donovan Richards, Rodrigo Segura (Front row, left to right): Kim Kuri, Jazmin Peralta, Meredith Baum, Olivia Joseph, Mike Rios, Sara Zisa, Ariel Lund, Crystal Jeffery, Keona White and Lorraine Raywood
Commercial Art Technology students from the Arthur R. Sypek Center attended the 41st Annual Mercer County Teen Arts Festival held at Mercer County Community College on May 13, 2011. Our students had 23 pieces on display in the show.
Baking and Dining Student Honored
by Trenton's Mayor Tony Mack
In this photo: Karina Sanchez
Karina Sanchez, Baking and Dining Services student, was honored at the 33rd Annual Mayor's Achievement Awards. Karina was selected by Trenton Central High School to receive the Vocational and Technical Award. She received her award earlier this month at Trenton City Hall._________________________________________________________________________
Landscaping Students Clean-up Local Gardens
In this photo (left to right): David Shaffer and Nichole Dennis
Landscape Maintenance and Design students have been hard at work this spring helping two Mercer County organizations with their annual spring clean-ups. Morris Hall (St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center) on Dunbow Road was the first location that the students tackled. They worked for days weeding, edging and mulching the front landscape. The students also spruced up the Trenton Public Library's small side garden. "Teaching the students to bring a piece of landscape back to its original beauty is what this program strives to do," says Mr. Birdsall, Landscape Maintenance and Design Instructor.
Students Host Fashion Show at
Hamilton Continuing Care Center
In this photo: Brittany Cerino
Students from the Health Occupations program hosted a spring fashion show for the residents of Hamilton Continuing Care. Students selected their own casual and formal fashions worn in the show. Cosmetology students also got involved as they offered their services to the models in advance of the show.
HEALTH CAREERS CENTER NEWS
Students and Staff Support
National Alliance on Mental Illness
In this photo (left to right): Jerome Koon, Marjorie Morette,
Marie Jean Denis, and Marie Desane
Twenty-one students and staff rallied together for the 2011 NAMI NJ Walk on May 23, 2011 at Rider University. The group raised $350 for the cause.
CVS Pharmacy Technician Program Kicks Off
In ths photo (Back row, left to right): Denzel Poole, Brielle Dunkins, Brandon Deslandes (Front row, left to right): Fabiola Pincay, Liza Vargas, Nida Qamar, Stephanie Calderone (Instructor), Nadia Boye, Elias DeLeon
Through a partnership with CVS, students from Mercer County Technical Schools are participating in a Pharmacy Technician apprenticeship program. The students represent the first cohort of the program which is funded by New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Youth Transition to Work (YTTW) program. The pre-instructional began in May and will end later this month. Students are currently being interviewed for entry-level positions as pharmacy technicians with CVS Caremark, where a CVS Pharmacy Trainer will provide continued instruction once students are employed.
New Jersey League of Nursing Honors
Health Careers Center Student
In this photo: Thelma Nicole
New Jersey League of Nursing recently awarded Thelma Nicole, Practical Nursing student at Health Careers Center, a $250 scholarship. Ms. Nicole is involved in school activities and exemplifies the ideals of providing future quality patient care. She will be graduating in July and eligible to sit for the NCLEX - PN (National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing) which is an examination for the licensing of nurses in New Jersey.
Incoming Student Named Whiz Kid
Jay Macheda, an incoming Career Prep/Fire Science student, was recently named Whiz Kid of the Week by the LawrencevillePatch.com. For the full story and photos, click here.
Forgiveness Resonates in "The Tempest"
Several Career Prep Theatre students recently performed in "The Tempest" at the Kelsey Theatre. The performance blended a bit of hip hop with operatic undertones and provided a fresh take on Shakespeare's version of "The Tempest". For the full story and photos, click here.
HEALTH CAREERS CENTER GRADUATION
July 22, 2011 1:00pm
Robbinsville High School Auditorium
155 Robbinsville-Edinburg Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
CAREER PREP ORIENTATION (MANDATORY)
August 15, 2011 6:00pm
MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (West Windsor Campus)
1200 Old Trenton Road
Trenton, NJ 08690
Students should report to Communications (CM) Building Lobby with parent/guardian
Students will receive their schedules, have the opportunity to purchase books from the Bookstore (which will remain open), obtain their MCCC Student IDs and car registration for on-campus parking from the Security Desk. Students will need to turn in any outstanding paperwork. (Fire Science students are excluded.)
FIRE SCIENCE CAREER PREP ORIENTATION (MANDATORY)
August 17, 2011 6:30pm
DEMPSTER FIRE TRAINING CENTER
350 Lawrence Station Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Students should report with parent/guardian
Additional details and paperwork will be distributed by mail.
Brian M. Hughes
BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
Hon. Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr.
Hon. Lucylle R. S. Walter
Hon. Keith V. Hamilton
Hon. Ann Cannon
Hon. Anthony P. Carabelli
Hon. Samuel Frisby
Hon. Andrew Koontz
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTY OF MERCER
Mr. Albert Pitman
Mr. Clifford Reisser
Mr. Kevin Drennan
Ms. Judith Iszard
Dr. Samuel Stewart
Executive County Superintendent
Ms. Nancy Swirsky
Dr. Kimberly Schneider
Ms. S. Lucille Jones
Principal, Assunpink Center
Ms. Nancy Schumacher
Principal, Arthur R. Sypek Center
Mr. Pete Frascella Principal, Adult Evening School
Ms. Sharon Nemeth
Principal, Health Careers Center
Ms. Robin Soriano
Ms. Lori Perlow