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Eighth-graders in Career Choices program demonstrate their skills

Eighth-graders in MCVTS Career Choices program demonstrate their skills

Eighth-graders in the Career Choices program of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools showed off what they are learning as part of a Spirit Week program on the MCVTS Woodbridge Campus.

“The whole idea is to encourage teamwork,” said program director Michael Sullivan, explaining the Spirit Week theme. “We want to get the kids to work together.”

A shared-time program, Career Choices exposes students with disabilities from around the county to three career and technical education (CTE) clusters – food and health technology, digital media technology, and construction technology – in a six-week rotation over half a school year. This gives them CTE experience when deciding where to attend high school.

In the digital media classroom, Daisy Nava of New Brunswick gave a presentation on designing a house using computer software, Billy York of Sewaren showed off a video game he devised, and Ayla Rodriguez of Old Bridge displayed photos of classmates enhanced by Photoshop software.

Construction technology students Ashley Lopez of Avenel and Steven Sanchez of Perth Amboy described how they framed a room and wired a light switch and electrical outlet. Later in the lesson, they would sheetrock the walls.

“They do everything in groups of two or three,” Sullivan said.

In food and health technology class, Alexis Olsen of Edison, Danielle Watsey of Edison and Brianna Garcia of Perth Amboy showed off a large cookie in the shape of a Christmas tree. Other student-designed cookies included one with the Batman symbol.

The presentations were judged by Detectives Joelle Slossberg and Mark Zeno of the Woodbridge Police, who as community affairs officers, were well known to the students.

The winning class for the morning session was digital media technology, taught by Stephen McGowan. In the afternoon, the winner was food and health technology, taught by Linda Rozner.