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 Mercer County Technical Schools ENewsletter

 

Winter 2012

DISTRICT NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM

DR. KIMBERLY SCHNEIDER, SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

 

Dr. SchneiderAfter undergoing a thorough energy audit last year, the Mercer County Technical School District is nearing the end of several major building improvement projects that are expected to save our District thousands of dollars every month.  By replacing 2,500 lights in the district's three centers, the electric bill has already been reduced by $5,000 in a single month.  At the Arthur R. Sypek and Assunpink Centers, all of the roofs were replaced and reinsulated.  This allowed for 3,000 low-profile solar panels to be installed on the roofs of the two locations resulting in an 80% reduction in power supplied by PSE&G.  We've replaced nine rooftop air-conditioning units and four boilers with smaller high-efficiency units which can be controlled electronically.  Through New Jerseys' Energy Savings Improvement Program, the $12 million project will pay for itself over 15 years based on the anticipated utility savings.  Click here to view the District's ESIP Plan

 

 

ARTHUR R. SYPEK CENTER NEWS

10th Annual Cosmetology Career Fair

Ulta Interview 

In this photo: MCTS students (left) Jessica Hazen and Alyssa Villaruz learn about employment opportunities from J.T. Cassese, Salon Manager at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics, and Fragrance in Princeton.

Mercer County Technical Schools hosted a Cosmetology Career Fair at the Arthur R. Sypek Center for students who are completing their final year of the Cosmetology program. Some students were interviewed on-the-spot for jobs and others took advantage of the opportunity to network with salon owners. Nine local salon owners participated in the event.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for personal appearance workers will grow by 20% from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The Cosmetology instructors recognize the importance of connecting their students with local salon owners, some of whom are former students of the program. "I've spent the last few weeks preparing all of my students with interviewing techniques and making sure their resumes and cover letters are current. Networking with local salon owners while still in high school has proven to be extremely beneficial for my students over the years, regardless of whether they go on to college or start their careers immediately after graduation," says Christine Cardinale, Cosmetology Instructor.

 

Students who successfully accrue the required 1,000 hours of instruction for this program, are eligible to take the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling exam. Historically, 98% of Mercer County Technical Schools' students pass this exam and earn a license to work in New Jersey. "The quality of students from Mercer County Technical Schools is outstanding and their willingness to continue to learn as they work is exceptional. Some students have advanced through the ranks into management within only two years," said J.T. Cassese, Salon Manager at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics, and Fragrance in Princeton.

ASSUNPINK CENTER NEWS

Health Science Academy Students Team Up

With Red Cross to Help Senior Citizens This Winter

 
In this photo (left to right): Nala Williams, Vikash Bandi, Marquies Young, Jovan Griffin, Piyush Puri, Jennifer Estrada, Brianna Sheppard (kneeling), Shawnee Chaudhury, Lenaya Ford, Sunakshi Puri, Vishal Bandi, Alexa McCullough, Brandon Verrault of American Red Cross of Central NJ

Twelve 10th graders from Mercer County Technical School District's Health Science Academy teamed up with the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey to create Blizzard Bags for homebound and elderly recipients of Red Cross Home Delivered Meals. The students sorted hundreds of non-perishable food items into food groups and then went on to produce 49 bags in 20 minutes.

 

Blizzard Bags are stocked with a well-balanced mix of non-perishable food items and other essentials. The bags will be distributed to Home Delivered Meals recipients for use on days when the Red Cross is unable to deliver meals due to winter storms. Blizzard Bags are distributed at the start of the winter season so these senior citizens dependent on receiving meals are prepared in advance.

CAREER PREP NEWS

Allentown Student Sings National Anthem

at State Conference

 

In this photo: Bobbi Barricella, Career Prep Theatre Program student and 12th grader at Allentown High School, had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the New Jersey Association of Counties' 2011 Summit on Police Consolidation at The Trenton Country Club.

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER NEWS

Health Careers Center Hosts

Nutritious Delicious Luncheon

Nutrition Luncheon 

In this photo: (front row, left to right) Ashlee Wyszynski, Genevee Witherspoon, Billie Jones, Regine Daceus; (back row, left to right) Wisdith Civic, Sara Ragsdale, and Nemisha Singleton.

Students from the post-secondary Practical Nursing Program at the Health Careers Center hosted a Nutritious Delicious Luncheon. The luncheon is held annually at the conclusion of the students' study of Nutrition. Students prepared the luncheon as a class, working as a team to create a variety of ethnic cuisines that were then enjoyed together with their instructors. Students presented a variety of dishes from countries such as Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Stephen Heringes, Architecture/Engineering Design Instructor, was named 2012 STEM Teacher of the Year by the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County.

Jacklyn Rapport, 10th Grade Health Science Academy Student, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award

Lisa Nolan, Licensed Practical Nursing Instructor, completed her MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program through Walden University.

MCTS IN THE NEWS!

January 12, 2012: Times of Trenton - For Vo-tech Students in Mercer, Districts Pay as They Go

December 8, 2011: LawrencevillePatch.com - Morris Hall Honored by Technical School District

September 15, 2011: NJ.com - SouthStar Helicopter Photo Gallery

September 15, 2011: NJ.com - SouthStar Helicopter Video

CAREER and TECH ED IN THE NEWS!

November 11, 2011: US News and World Report - Students Excel at Vocational Technical High Schools

October 12, 2011: CBS News - Vocational Tech Grads Buck the Jobs Trend

UPCOMING ADMISSIONS EVENTS

DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE 

March 3, 2012   10AM - 12PM 

Assunpink Center - 1085 Old Trenton Road,  Trenton, NJ 08690

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER OPEN HOUSE (POST-SECONDARY)

March 14, 2012   2PM - 8PM 

Health Careers Center - 1070 Klockner Road,  Trenton, NJ 08619

The Mercer County Technical School District guarantees equal opportunity to all, regardless of race, color, age, creed, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, nationality or sex.

In This Issue
Arthur R. Sypek Center News
Assunpink Center News
Career Prep News
Health Careers Center News
CTE IN THE NEWS!
Parents Speak!

 
PARENTS SPEAK!

"Career Prep has been the best experience for my son. The MCCC professors have really engaged his curiosity. He comes home and actually tells me about his classes.  I am looking forward to having my younger son enrolled in this program too."

 

--Patty Titen

Parent of Career Prep Student, Criminal Justice Program

  

The Honorable
Brian M. Hughes

County Executive

 

 

BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS

 

 

Hon. Lucylle R. S. Walter

Chair

 

 Hon. John Cimino 

 Vice Chair

   

Hon. Ann Cannon

 

Hon. Anthony Carabelli

 

Hon. Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr.

 

Hon. Samuel Frisby 

 

Hon. Andrew Koontz

 

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

 

 

Mr. Albert Pitman

President

 

Ms. Judith Iszard

Vice President

 

 Dr. Samuel Stewart

Executive County Superintendent

 

Ms. Nancy Swirsky

Business Administrator/

Board Secretary

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

 
Dr. Kimberly Schneider
Superintendent

 

 Ms. S. Lucille Jones

Principal

Assunpink Center

 

 Mr. Pete Frascella Principal

Adult Evening School

 

Ms. Sharon Nemeth

Principal

Health Careers Center

Acting Principal

Arthur R. Sypek Center

   

Ms. Robin Soriano

Admissions

 

Ms. Lori Perlow

Communications