On Thursday at the Merion in Cinnaminson, I had the honor to witness the top high school students in each school and grade level from 10-12 from across the County recognized at the annual BCPSA County Academic Awards Dinner. BCIT and BCSSSD were well represented with four tables of students and parents. The annual event was sponsored by the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association. Congratulations to our honorees:
School Grade 12 Grade 11 Grade 10
BCIT Medford Samantha Stiehl Amanda Wells Annaliessa Williams
BCIT West Jacob Bauldock Danielle Ambroise John Schulyer/Nazim Tijani
I look forward each year to the Spring. It is a season that indicates a shift from the cold and nasty weather to warm temperatures, sun, longer days and a sense of optimism. It is also a season that ushers in the spring flowers and buds on the trees, not to mention allergies. Spring is also a reminder of the great things that are upon us in the Burlington County Institute of Technology. In addition to the seventy-degree weather this week, we celebrate the successful musical Singin' in The Rain, which captured the hearts, laughs and wonder of those in the audience over the past two weekends as the rain came down on stage and we all hummed along to those familiar tunes. Recently, we celebrated Read Across America Day and our Literacy for Life initiative. We value the opportunity to promote reading and writing across the district.
This past Thursday, we honored seven of our students at the Annual New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Academic Awards Dinner for the top sophomore, junior and senior in each school. This week, the Annual Program Advisory Dinner celebrated Career and Technical Education with our schools. We are grateful to our local businesses and men and women who support our efforts to provide a state-of-the-art skill-based education and dual credit opportunities for our students to earn college credits in our partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County. This month, thanks in great part to our armed service partners, we celebrated STEM awareness and the awesome power that perseverance and hard work play along our journey to become the best we can be. Last, we look to Spring as a reminder that we have a few months left to make the best of our coursework and put in our best efforts before finals. In this Spring newsletter, there is so much more to read about what is happening in the district.
That is why I like the Spring. We have so much to celebrate and it all begins with all of our staff, parents, and students who make the district a special place to be, work and learn. Happy Spring!
It is that time of the year when our students in our Academy of Performing Arts Program are able to demonstrate their craft and hard work. This year’s production is Singin’ in the Rain, a screen play by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The performances will be held on March 31, April 7 and 8 at 7pm and a 2pm matinee performance on April 1 and 8. Some of the performances are already sold out. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
I am pleased to announce that as of this week, BCIT welding students now have access to virtual and augmented reality welding machines to practice their welding technique in a digital environment prior to transitioning to live welding equipment in the shop. The infusion of this technology will allow students to perfect their technique in a safe environment while mirroring the video world in which our students live and function. The virtual machines will also be used to introduce welding to middle school students at our annual BCIT Summer Camp.
To better respond to the coverage of the events, accomplishments and classroom activities that take place on a daily basis on our campuses, we have increased our social media presence daily and have made adjustments to the newsletter that was customarily published once a month. We hope that the upgraded approach will keep parents and students more informed in a timely manner and in realtime. Please see the attached letter that provides more details.
This past week, BCIT Medford student Amos Koffa was notified that he won First Place recognition in the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Program. He will now compete on the national level in Washington, D.C. We congratulate Amos Koffa, a talented student whose passion for the student voice and respect for personal choice has gained the respect of his fellow classmates and peers. Amos came in Second Place last year.
In September, the Medford campus IT program will be expanded to include a focus on Google certifications, social media marketing, search engine optimization, artificial intelligence, cyber security, game design and computer and phone device application development. Other emergent technology platforms will also be considered based on student interest. The curriculum writing and planning will be completed over the next few months and an instructor sought to teach the new curriculum. This represents an exciting opportunity for our students who will graduate from our district with very valuable industry credentials in the field of technology applications.
The Career Tech NJ February 2017 newsletter featured on its website BCIT. All throughout last month, we celebrated daily one of our CTE programs as part of Career and Technical Education Month. We are proud of the launch of our Advanced Manufacturing Program as a partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County which was featured in this newsletter sponsored by the New Jersey Council of Vocational-Technical Schools. Our Advanced Manufacturing Program is gaining attention for our high school and adult students. The program offers students the ability to earn multiple stackable credentials while earning college credits at RCBC. We are looking at doing the same for other career areas as part of the College Head Start Program with RCBC. Article link
The Television Video & Digital Media Production Program created a video entitled "CTE vs Zombies" which was entered into the 2017 Bright Futures in CTE Contest sponsored by NOCTI Business Solutions. The video was directed by Kaiya ConyersBenton, Meghan Gallagher, Rebecca Hormozi, Jordan Mason, Jason Matthews, Cyarra Shannon, Matthew Schaefer and Thomas Troy. The team recently learned that they won an honorable mention, a $100 prize and a class pizza party. Congratulations!
Our Pre-engineering program will now have a Drone Technology component as part of the program. There will be various modules with different levels of mastery. It is our intent to position students to also be able to sit for the test to be FAA certified in flying drones, i.e. with Go Pro cameras. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for our students in this program. We are excited to introduce this cutting edge technology. The curriculum, prototypes and drone technology training are being reviewed and developed now.