NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey- On November 19, 2015 members from the Monmouth County Career Center FFA Chapter attended the 91st Annual New Jersey FFA Association Fall Career Development Events (CDE) held at Cook College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Four events were conducted during Fall CDEs – Dairy Foods; Fruit and Vegetable Identification; Land Judging; and Turf Management.
The Monmouth County Career Center Turf Management team placed 1st in the state and was composed of members David Herder 12th grade Middletown North, Andrew Dorko 11th grade Ocean Township, David Munoz 12th grade Ocean Township, and Juan Luna-Sorriano 12th grade Red Bank Regional. Individually David Herder placed first, David Munoz placed second Juan Luna placed third and Andrew Dorko placed fourth.
The Turf Management Career Development Event provides the opportunity for the students to receive college scholarships to attend the Turfgrass Science Program at Rutgers. David Herder will receive a $1500.00 scholarship, David Munoz will receive a $1000.00 scholarship Juan Luna will receive a $500.00 scholarship.
The Turf Management Event consisted of four phases:
PHASE I - GENERAL KNOWLEDGE EXAMINATION
Twenty-five multiple choice question exam to evaluate the participants knowledge of pesticide use and safety, cultural practices, fertilizers, soil type, irrigation, plant anatomy and proper turf management practices will be given.
PHASE II - IDENTIFICATION OF TURF SPECIES, PESTS, EQUIPMENT AND DISORDERS Twenty-five specimens to be presented as an intact live specimen, photograph or preserved specimen.
PHASE III - EQUIPMENT PREPARATION, MAINTENANCE, PROBLEM SOLVING AND SAFETY Participant will solve five problems dealing with equipment calibration, equipment check for faulty parts, selection of proper equipment for specific job, identification of a turf problem caused by equipment or operator malfunction, selection of proper management practices to withstand stress conditions, proper pesticide label evaluation. A problem situation will be presented with answer choices of possible maintenance needs, corrective actions and/or operating specifications.
PHASE IV - CUSTOMER RELATIONS, PROBLEM SOLVING AND JOB ESTIMATING
This phase will be composed of two parts:
Part One - Site Evaluation - Participants will be required to measure and evaluate a turf area for a specific property. Site-specific information will be provided on the day of the event.
Part Two – Problem Solving - This part will be worth 50 points.
October 2015- N.J. student poet honored by Michelle Obama at White House
September 2015- Asbury Park Press NJ tech companies scout high schools for stars
Above is an article in the Asbury Park Press about the partnership between High Technology High School and Commvault Systems Inc., and the opportuntities student's have to participate in a mentorship program.
June 2015- This year the Monmouth County Vocational School District sent a national team composed of 7 students to Louisville, Kentucky to represent NJ to compete in SkillsUSA contests. These competitions included audio/radio, digital cinema, graphic communications, culinary and restaurant service. The students did a fabulous job representing the district, acting professional and applying the skills that our staff has taught them.
Left-Right Back Row: Olivia Malesco, Nicholas Haaf, Clayton Paley, Joshua Wiggins
Left-Right Front Row: Emily Woods, Isabella Olaguera, Wendyolynne Escobedo
Advisors: William Clark, Jaime Soto, Kelly Harmon
Congratulations to the 2015 Brian D. McAndrew Student Achiever Award Recipients
Left-Right: Paola Olivarez, Sabrina Singh, Daniel McCormack, Sophie Smith, Angela Libraro, Krista Newman, Shannon Parsells, Matthew Brown, John Bartow, Brian McAndrew, Cynthia Guo, Alexis Walsh, Sarah Haddow, Joseph Mascali, Connor Karon, Sean Gilbert
Students from the MCVSD Freehold Building raised $1000 for the Heart Of A Marine Foundation
Left-Right: Amelia Parke, Jackie Drucker, Britany Marpet, Monica Case, Roy Frank, Guy Letrick, Georgette Frank, Jimmy Tamai, David Marrazzo
June 2015-The Heart Of A Marine Foundation provides comfort, support, financial assistance, and additional resources to improve the quality of life of military personnel in ALL BRANCHES of the United States Armed Forces, including Veterans and their families. It was started in 2004 after their son Phil Frank was killed in Iraq. Phil was a student in the MCVSD HVAC program from 2000 to 2002.
To learn more visit http://www.heartofamarine.org
Marine Academy of Science & Technology Honored with National Excellence in Action Award
April 9, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Today, nine programs were recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winners, representing the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects. Among the winners was Marine Academy of Science & Technology’s (MAST) Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography program of study in Highlands, New Jersey.
MAST received the award from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) as a result of their exemplary business partnerships, extensive job placement opportunities and detailed alignment with college degrees and certifications, providing students with the skills they need to enter postsecondary education or a living wage career within the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster. MAST representatives accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.
“We feel Marine Academy is a perfect example of how CTE programs need to evolve as the workplace evolves,” said Earl Moore, Principal, Marine Academy of Science & Technology. “We rely on partners in the community and stakeholders to give us the information we need to keep pace with the workforce.”
“These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong industry and community partnerships, and increasing students’ chances to obtain postsecondary credit and degrees and industry-recognized credentials,” said NASDCTEc Executive Director, Kimberly Green. “We believe by lifting up such examples of excellence in action we can help build the critical awareness and support high-quality CTE programs of study need to thrive and succeed.”
Two-page, printable profiles of each winner, detailing their unique strengths and justification for their selection are available at the NASDCTEc website. For further updates from the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting, including a recap of the award ceremony, visit the CTE: Learning that Works Blog.