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Woodbridge Academy honored for excellence in STEM education

Woodbridge Academy honored for excellence in STEM education 

The Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge has been honored by the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey for meritorious service in science, technology, engineering and math education.

At a ceremony Oct. 12 in the historic Trenton Masonic Temple, HINJ praised the Woodbridge Academy as “one of the crown jewels of New Jersey’s public schools.” The academy is one of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

HINJ, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an advocate for the state’s life sciences industries, noted that the Woodbridge Academy offers an intensive curriculum to prepare its students for college majors in the medical field and in biomedical research.  

Accepting the award were MCVTS Superintendent of Schools Dianne D. Veilleux, Principal Terri Ann Sullivan and student Owais Aftab. Other students attending were Tanvi Banota, Camille Bustamante, Irene Chu, and Alijah Vanterpool. 

“We were so very excited to receive the 2017 Excellence in STEM Education Award from the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey,” Sullivan said. “The award recognizes our leadership and achievement in STEM education in New Jersey.

“The award is especially important to the stakeholders of the school because we hold our students and ourselves as staff members to an exceptionally high bar for being reflective, current, and relevant,” she added. “In the world of STEM, this means we are always contending with new studies, findings, and technology in the fields of biomedical science and science overall and looking to not only teach the foundations of allied health and biomedical science, but also to create problem-solvers, resilient thinkers, and ethical future professionals.”

Other award recipients were: Honorable Bob Franks Public Service Award, State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington); research, Elfrida R. Benjamin, senior director of translational sciences for Amicus Therapeutics Inc.; research: Robert G. Nagele, professor in the  Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; patient advocacy: Susan G. Komen North Jersey; special recognition: Robert S. Prezant, former dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University and founder of PharnFest.

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The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first full-time county vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. The Perth Amboy Campus, the Edison Academy and the Woodbridge Academy have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Woodbridge Academy also has been singled out as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report.