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 Mercer County Technical Schools ENewsletter

 

Summer 2012

DISTRICT NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM

DR. KIMBERLY J. SCHNEIDER, SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

Dr. SchneiderI'm pleased to share that more than 250 high school students completed shared-time programs at the Assunpink Center and Arthur R. Sypek Center last month.  

 

Twenty scholarships  (and two fully stocked tool belts!) valued at more than $5,000 were distributed at our recent Certificate and Awards Ceremonies.  What a wonderful accomplishment!

Seven Technical School Seniors Honored for Outstanding Educational Achievement

Victoria Trimble
In this photo: Victoria Trimble, Cosmetology Student
(Assunpink Center)

 

Seven Mercer County Technical School seniors have received the High Schools That Work Award of Educational Achievement. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) gives this award to high school seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demonstrated readiness for employment and for college. The students were recognized by the District in June.

  

Students qualify for the award by completing a college-preparatory course of study in at least two of three subject areas (english/language arts, mathematics, or science); completing a concentration in a career/technical area, mathematics/science or the humanities; and meeting readiness goals in all three subject areas (reading, mathematics and science) of the HSTW Assessment.

 

One of the awardees, Victoria Trimble of Princeton, completed the Cosmetology program at Mercer County Technical Schools' Assunpink Center in June. While in high school, Victoria gained valuable work experience at Essentials Salon in Hamilton where she worked part-time shampooing clients and applying color. Trimble plans to combine her career and technical education with a business degree from Mercer County Community College so she can open her own salon some day. "The best thing about this program is that I'll be certified in something I love," states Trimble.

District Voted

"Best in School Communications Materials"

On behalf of the Mercer County Technical School District, Lori Perlow received two gold awards from the New Jersey School Public Relations Association.  The District won gold awards in the Enewsletter and Marketing Materials categories.  There are six categories that school districts may compete in. Submissions are voted on by members of the New Jersey School Public Relations Association as well as external public relations professionals. This is the first year Mercer County Technical Schools entered the competition.

ARTHUR R. SYPEK CENTER NEWS

Photograph by Caleb Savage

Mercer County Technical School students competed in the first-ever "Tech School Cook-Off Challenge" at the New Jersey Association of Counties' Annual Conference at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last month.  Mercer County Technical stook home the "Chef's Award for Taste" and they were one of three schools that tied in the table display category.

 

Under the supervision of Instructor Scott Engle, the Culinary Arts  students presented an hors d'oeuvres consisting of green apple and caramelized onion chicken galantine with red onion marmalade and stone-ground champagne mustard which was accompanied by an endive filled with goat cheese and dried cherries served with an oak-aged mosto cotto.  Baking and Dining Services Instructor, Janice LaFleur, challenged her students by creating an edible replica of the Trenton Makes Bridge, the focal point of the table display.

 

Mercer County was one of seven schools participating in the event.  Competition guidelines required the teams to produce 400 samples of a plated appetizer or hors d'oeuvre for $500 or less.  Teams were instructed to decorate their tables in a creative way that represents their respective county. The schools were judged separately by conference attendees and Bally's Hotel and Casino chefs in three categories: taste, creativity and table display.

Landscaping Students to Earn College Credit

Beginning next year, students who successfully complete the Landscape, Maintenance and Design program will be eligible for credit at Mercer County Community College.   Students who earn a "B" average or better and enroll in Horticulture  at MCCC, will be eligible for articulated credit toward their degree.   Mercer County Technical School and Mercer County Community College have several pre-existing articulation agreements in place.  For more information about the Landscape, Maintenance and Design program, click here.

ASSUNPINK CENTER NEWS

Health Science Academy Students

Honored for Humanitarian Efforts 

KidsBridge KidsBridge  will be honoring the Health Science Academy's Class of 2014 with a group Humanitarian Award for the thoughtful implementation of Cultural Day.  Kidsbridge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of human diversity by encouraging the students, families and educators of the greater Mercer County region to understand and appreciate the strengths and opportunities that are inherent in the diverse, mosaic cultures of our community and our world. Individuals and student groups who participated in acts of kindness, bravery, or extraordinary community service during the school year are nominated by school administrators and teachers. The winners, selected by a panel of independent judges, are honored at an Awards Ceremony.

CAREER PREP NEWS

Fire Science Program Graduation

Fire Science Class 13

 

In this photo (left to right):  Michele Anderson, Matthew Martindell, Nicholas Martin, Avery Arce, Bryan Dempsey, Jonathan Swift

Six students successfully completed the Fire Science Technology program at the Dempster Fire Training Center.  Special awards were given to the students listed below. 

  • Matthew Martindell - Whitehorse Fire Company  Mercer County Firemen's Association offers this award to the student with the Highest Score on the NJ State Firefighter 1 exam.   
  • Michele Anderson - West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company Bristol-Myers Squibb presents this award to a student for academic excellence over the course of the entire year.
  • Avery Arce - Pennington Road Fire Company The Jimmy G Award is presented in memory of Jimmy Gramign, a former Career Prep student. The student must be attending college or some type of post-secondary educational institution.  In addition, he/she must have a good work ethic, be willing to help, have determination and be committed. The recipient must love the brotherhood of firefighting, respects themselves and other, greets life with a positive outlook and is excited about new challenges.

ADULT EVENING PROGRAM NEWS

Congratulations!

39th Annual Adult Evening School Graduation

Mercer County Technical Schools hosted the Thirty-Ninth Annual Adult Evening School Graduation Ceremony on May 11th at the Nottingham Ballroom. There were 46 graduates from the following programs: Auto Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electrical, HVACR, Plumbing, Sheet Metal and Welding. In addition to the program graduates, there were 46 students who completed course work for certification/licensing in the areas of Black Seal, Introduction to Water and Wastewater, and Industrial Wastewater.

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER NEWS

Medical Assistant Program

Acknowleged by Education Review Board

The Medical Assistant program at Mercer County Technical Schools received acknowledgement from the Medical Assisting Education Review Board for meeting the retention, job placement, graduate survey and employer survey outcome thresholds. The program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) and graduating students receive a Medical Office Assistant certificate from Mercer County Community College. For more information about the progam, contact Sharon Nemeth at snemeth@mcts.edu. Seats are still remaining in the upcoming class.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Cosmetology Students - 100% percent of the senior Cosmetology students passed the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair Styling Exam.

Jackie Rapport - Health Science Academy 10th grader selected as a finalist in the Education Hero - Individual category in the 2012 Healthcare Heroes awards program.  The Healthcare Heroes awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have displayed heroic actions in the field of healthcare throughout New Jersey. 

MCTS IN THE NEWS!

May 4, 2012: LawrencevillePatch - Mercer Students Win at SkillsUSA N.J. Competition

May 3, 2012: NJ.com - Mercer Science Fair

April 7, 2012: The Times of Trenton - Lawrence Teen Creates Fair to Share Her Love of science

April 5, 2012: Princeton Packet - Goggles, golf carts drive drunk driving lesson home

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

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
District News
Arthur R. Sypek Center News
Assunpink Center News
Career Prep News
Adult Evening School News
Health Careers Center News
CONGRATULATIONS!
MCTS IN THE NEWS!

VOTED BEST IN SCM BY NJSPRA 2012 

  

2011 - 2012

GOVERNOR'S TEACHER RECOGNITION PROGRAM HONOREES

 

 

STEPHEN HERINGES

Assunpink Center

Architecture/Engineering Design Instructor

 

and

 

JOHN FELIP

Arthur R. Sypek Center

Applied Academics Instructor (Language Arts Instructor - Special Education)

 

  

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 W. Pitman

President

 

Ms. Judith Iszard

Vice President

 

Mr. John Zoller

 

 Dr. Samuel Stewart

Executive County Superintendent

 

Ms. Nancy Swirsky

Business Administrator/

Board Secretary

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

 
Dr. Kimberly Schneider
Superintendent
 
Ms. Mary Smith-Jones
Principal
Arthur R. Sypek Center

 

Ms. S. Lucille Jones

Principal

Assunpink Center

 

 Mr. Pete Frascella

Principal

Adult Evening School

 

Ms. Sharon Nemeth

Principal

Health Careers Center

    

Ms. Robin Soriano

Admissions

 

Ms. Lori Perlow

Communications