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DISTRICT NEWS

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dr. Kimberly J. Schneider

KJS HeadshotHave you watched our new shared-time program video? The video was produced by Brad Shutack, former Graphic Arts student and graduate of Steinert High School. Brad is also a 2012 graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Brad recently launched his own production company, Easycoast Productions, LLC, and we wish him all the best in his entrepreneurial endeavor!

Career and Technical Education Month Luncheon

CTE Month Luncheon    

In this photo (left to right): Dr. Kimberly Schneider, Superintendent; Honorable Ann Cannon, Mercer County Freeholder; Brad Shutack, Easycoast Productions; Glenda Gracia-Rivera, Career Equity Resource Center at Rutgers University; Susan Bodofsky, Career Equity Resource Center at Rutgers University

On Febuary 15, 2013, we celebrated National Career and Technical Education Month with a luncheon prepared by the Culinary Arts and Baking and Dining Services classes.  The theme this year was celebrating cultures and diversity;  Culinary Arts students created a geographically diverse menu including dishes from Eastern Europe and Asia, to name a few.  On behalf of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Honorable Ann Cannon was in attendance to give her remarks and she delivered a proclamation in honor of National Career and Technical Education month.  Other presenters included Brad Shutack, former Graphic Arts student and producer of the new shared-time recruitment video and Glenda Gracia-Rivera, Associate Director of the Career Equity Resource Center. Glenda spoke to the group about strategies for increasing the number of non-traditional students in career and technical education programs.

39th Annual SkillsUSA Competition

2013 SkillsUSA Competition Photo 
In this photo (left to right): Jalen Dunn, Automotive Technology Fundamentals student, during his local competition with competition judge, Frank Silva of American Tire and Auto Care in Mercerville

Our 39th annual SkillsUSA competitions were held during the second week of February, also known as SkillsUSA Week.  Students were eligible to compete in various areas such as Culinary Arts, Automotive, Construction, Cosmetology and many more. The instructional staff invited local business people from their respective industries to participate as "real world" judges. The judges were challenged with the responsibility of assessing the students based on the SkillsUSA strict competition criteria. More than 80 students have been declared local winners and will advance to the state competition on April 20, 2013 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

ARTHUR R. SYPEK CENTER NEWS

Retail Food Marketing Students

Win State Marketing Competition

NJ DECANine Retail Food Marketing students competed in the New Jersey DECA (Association of Marketing Students) state competition earlier this month at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Two of the students  placed in the top five overall in the Supermarket Careers competitve event. Congratulations to Mr. William Gould, Retail Fod Marketng Instructor, and all of the competitors who participated!

ASSUNPINK CENTER NEWS

Diesel Student Places 2nd in

National Scholarship Competition

 UNOH

Tristan Wheatly, Diesel Technology student, placed 2nd in the country in a Diesel Scholarship test offered by University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH).  As a result of his exemplary work, Tristan earned a $6,000  scholarship from University of Northwestern Ohio.  UNOH offers an A.A.S. degree in Diesel Technology.

CAREER PREP NEWS

Changes to Fire Science Program

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Photo courtesy of John T. Dempster Fire Training Center website

Changes have been made to the Career Prep Fire Science Technology Program to encourage more applicants. Students will take the following courses for the 2013-2014 school year: Introduction to Fire Science, Fire Department Organization, Water Supply for Fire Protection, and Building Construction. Each course is part of the Mercer County Community College Fire Science A.A.S. degree program. Two courses are offered in the fall and two courses are offered in the spring, and each is worth 3 college credits. Students no longer need to be sponsored by a local fire company to take these particular courses since they are regular college courses.

ADULT EVENING SCHOOL NEWS

Welcome New Welding Staff

We're pleased to welcome George Martin to the Adult Evening School welding staff.  Mr. Martin is certified by the American Welding Society and he's an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector.

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER NEWS

Six Students Receive Empowerment Grants

Six students from the Licensed Practical Nurse program were awarded Just in Time grants from the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment (IWWWE).  IWWWE was established by a group of African-American women with the goal to promote the economic well-being of minority women, with a special focus on African-American women through education and training. 

 

Grants recipients are: Alexis Baxter, Janet Bongard, Yvonia Derisca, Diane Marileen Joseph, Wenda Moore and Patrice Yannessa.

 

For more information about IWWWE, click below.

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MCTS IN THE NEWS!

February 14, 2013: NJCareerTech Blog by David Nash, CIE Coordinator

October 5, 2012: Mercer County Technical Schools Hope to Lock in Financial Aid

May 4, 2012: Lawrenceville Patch - 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

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IN THIS ISSUE

District News
Assunpink Center News
Career Prep News
Adult Evening School News
Health Careers Center News
MCTS IN THE NEWS!

  

The Honorable
Brian M. Hughes

County Executive

 

 

BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS

  

Hon. John Cimino

 Chair 

  

Hon. Andrew Koontz

 Vice Chair

   

Hon. Ann Cannon

 

Hon. Anthony Carabelli

 

Hon. Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr.

 

Hon. Samuel Frisby 

 

 Hon. Lucylle R. S. Walter

 

 

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

 

 

Mr. Albert W. Pitman

President

 

Mr. John Zoller

Vice President

 

Ms. Judith Iszard 

 

Ms. Yolanda Stinger

 

 Dr. Samuel Stewart

Executive County Superintendent

 

Ms. Nancy Swirsky

Business Administrator/

Board Secretary

 

 

ADMINISTRATION

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

 

Ms. S. Lucille Jones

Principal

Assunpink Center

 

 Mr. Peter Frascella

Principal

Adult Evening School

 

Ms. Sharon Nemeth

Principal

Health Careers Center

    

Ms. Dana Hice DePugh

Admissions & Career Prep

 

Ms. Lori Perlow

Communications

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