6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Financial Aid Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Full Time Information Session
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Board Meeting
Union County Freeholders joined students, teachers and administrators of the Union County Vocational Technical in marking the opening of the new Law and Justice Mini Academy, a four-year program designed to prepare students for careers in public service, law, and criminal justice and as proactive citizens.
“We are proud of our investment in our award-winning Vocational Technical Schools, and the Law and Justice Mini Academy is yet another innovative step that will train future generations for upstanding and established careers,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, who is a liaison to the Union County Vo-Tech School Board of Education.
The mini-academy is a 2017 initiative of Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen on behalf of the Board and County government. It falls under the umbrella of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School academy or UCTECH.
“Law and Justice is a great career path and can be tremendously fulfilling for those who endeavor to be in this field,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, also a liaison to the Vo-Tech School Board, and whose late father, Gene, enjoyed a distinguished career in law enforcement as a Police Chief for the City of Elizabeth. “The Vocational Technical Schools provide an outstanding education for our students, and are part of the reason why Union County remains such a great place to raise a family.”
Union Co. Vo-Tech Superintendent Pete Capodice noted that the academy is accepting 20 students per year and was started due to the success of the school’s Criminal Justice program, Capodice adds there are future plans to expand the Law and Justice Mini Academy, which is located in the West Hall Building of the Vo-Tech campus in Scotch Plains.
“We are close to partnering with an institution of higher learning for Law and Justice students to earn college credits and even spend their senior year on the college/university campus,” said Capodice. “As always, we thank the Freeholder Board for their support for this program, and the Vo-Tech as a whole.”
Students enrolled in the Law and Justice Mini Academy are immersed in courses grounded in the criminal justice and legal fields. Students participate in authentic and rigorous learning experiences designed to explore social issues, human relations, law, and government while developing critical thinking and analytical skills.
In addition to the Law and Justice Mini Academy, UCTECH offers five other innovative and exciting Career Academies under the umbrella of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School: Academy of Clinical Care Sciences, Exercise, Physiology & Related Sciences, School of Design, School of Sustainable Sciences and Teacher Education Academy.
As part of Magnet High School’s ongoing effort to teach our students through relevant, hands-on learning, several students from both the Magnet High School and the Academy for Information Technology met in the new Makerspace to partner on an engineering project to benefit a local child with mobility issues.
The Academy for Information Technology students included Alan Richman and Nataly Osma, and the Magnet High School students included Amanda Zhang, Andrea Diaz-Gonzalez, Jeffrey Gonzalez, Jakub Legocki, and Jason Wong.
Thanks to a donation of a Power Wheels car from a nearby Target, our students were able to modify the car to be a mobility device appropriate for the child’s physical limitations.
On July 8th at 9:00AM, in the Magnet High School Makerspace, Freeholder/Vice Chairman Granados, Freeholder Wright, Physical Therapist Trish Cortina, Alan Richman, Robotics/Vocational teacher Ms. Gerstein, MHS Teaching Supervisor Ms. Mansfield-Smith, and MHS Principal Mr. Rafalowski presented the specially modified battery powered vehicle to the Rojas family to take home and use. A very special thanks to the Union County Freeholders for both their continued support and for their donation of a customized helmet!
This year the UCVTS FBLA chapter competed at NLC in Anaheim, CA from June 29-July 2nd.
UCVTS had two AIT students placing - 2nd in Networking Concepts and 6th in Economics. Our Business Ethics Team from AAHS placed in the top 15 in the Nation! Congratulations to all students. They did a great job representing UCVTS at the National Level!!!
This year the UCVTS SkillsUSA chapter competed in Louisville KY on June 20-24.
Students Competed in a team of three in Occupational Heath and Safety Notebook which took a national silver medal and cosmetology that came in 11th out of 33!!! Congratulations to all students they did a great job in making UCVTS proud!!!