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Keith Jones II elected president of the MCVTS Board of Education

Keith Jones II elected president of the MCVTS Board of Education

The new president of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Board of Education thinks more people need to know about the opportunities being offered to its students.

“I want to amplify the amazing work that’s already happening, to tell the stories,” said Keith Jones II, who was elected president at the board’s Nov. 13 reorganization meeting. “These schools are providing opportunities to students to graduate with full employment.”

A lifelong New Brunswick resident, Jones became chief of staff for Mayor James Cahill on July 1 after five years working for the city as community organization specialist. He has been on the MCVTS board since 2017.

In his role as president, he said he hopes to spread the message of career and technical education and change outdated perceptions that people may have about vocational schools. He pointed out that three of the MCVTS schools are National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and that many graduates go on to college and advanced technical education.

“It’s a different world now,” he said, referring to the impact of digital information and social media. “I think I can bring a little bit of that to the table.”

Jones has a personal interest in the school district – his 15-year-old son, Devon, is a sophomore at East Brunswick Tech. He and his wife, Aja, also have two other sons, 4-year-old Carter and 1-year-old Emory.

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity, and ready to serve alongside of my board members on behalf of our students,” Jones said.

 Jones, who will celebrate his 38th birthday later this month, was a football star at New Brunswick High School and attended Alabama State University and Centenary University. He said he became involved in politics by beginning to work for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2011.

He succeeds Eugene Mullen as president of the MCVTS board. Laura Czarneski of Jamesburg was elected vice president.