PRIDE Program promotes positive academic efforts and behaviors - consider donation to BCIT Education FoundationPosted by Dr. Nagy at 9/13/2017 10:30:00 AM
PRIDE is a nationally recognized program that supports positive student academic achievement and good behavior. The acronym embodies Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. For many years, our BCIT Foundation has been very generous in the support of our PRIDE Program at BCIT. BCIT students recognize the PRIDE Program as a way to be acknowledged for putting forth his/her best efforts. Students may earn PRIDE incentives through various avenues such as academic accomplishments, club or sport participation, attendance and good behaviors.
Through monies raised by the BCIT Foundation, the PRIDE Program has provided items that supplement our local BCIT high school budgets. More recently, over the past two school years, the Foundation has provided the following:
- Staff member of the month trophies (prohibited by our purchasing manual)
- Earned student weekly incentives for PRIDE activities, such as Wawa and Dunkin Donut Gift cards; BCIT water bottles; BCIT PRIDE ear buds
- Funding for PRIDE events
This past year, almost 500 students on our Medford Campus and 600 students on the Westampton Campus, per marking period, were recognized as PRIDE recipients. Valuing the need to promote the continual support of the PRIDE Program, the BCIT Foundation's hope is that with the popularity of the PRIDE Program and its proven results, parents, local businesses, and members of the community may consider making a donation to the Foundation.
When giving to the BCIT Foundation in support of the PRIDE Program, donations will directly support PRIDE Program incentives. To learn more about the program, and how to donate, please contact Foundation Director Renee Janowicz at (609) 267-4226, ext. 8335 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCIT Recognized in Trades and Unions Anniversary MagazinePosted by Dr. Nagy at 9/4/2017 8:00:00 AM
Pursuant to recent efforts by the administration to put a spotlight on upgrades to the curriculum and facilities at BCIT, BCIT received coverage in the recent NJ Publication of Trades and Union Magazine on pages 31 and 32. More coverage of innovations and efforts to support the trades through visits to union and non-union shops as well as artisan visits to our schools will be part of the curriculum this year. In addition, we are proud of the fact that for the first time during National Apprenticeship Week on November 15, 2017, we will host at Medford a Trades Fair and opportunity for students to see the trades in action with exhibitions and simulation trailers.
Board of Education Meeting UpdatePosted by D.r Nagy at 9/1/2017 1:45:00 PM
August Board of Education Informational Items
At the Board of Education meeting last evening, the Board approved a change of two BoE meetings due to school related conflicts. The September meeting will now be on September 26, 2017 at 6pm and the November meeting will be on November 21, 2017 at 6pm. To accommodate a request from the public, the Board agreed starting in September to hold meetings at 6pm instead of 4:30pm.
During the meeting, I presented the scores for our self-assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights which is completed for each District and submitted to the NJDOE. The Board approved our self-report with a grade of 85% for the District. Over the past year, we have been engaged in a number of efforts to train staff, provide assemblies for students and update processes to be more responsive and interactive.
During the superintendent’s report, I asked that there be a moment of silence to remember the fallen as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Plans are being made by the building principals to create opportunities for staff and students to collect donations all of which will be sent to Texas to support efforts to help those families affected by Harvey’s devastation.
Based on the efforts last year to increase student achievement and provide interventions to realize a gain in state and related achievement scores, I happily recognized the gains in PARCC English Language Arts and PARCC Math scores. In addition, we saw gains in our SAT, ACT and AP scores. More will be reported in the Fall. In the meantime, a number of focus areas have been chosen for this 2017-2018 school year:
- ¡New School of Construction Technology
- ¡Three-Year Technology Plan and PD
- ¡Revision of Computer Science/IT Curriculum
- ¡Introduction of Drone Technology
- ¡Freshmen weekly newsletter to parents
- ¡Revision of Acceptance Processes
- ¡Adoption of Social Media by all administrators and key staff
- ¡Nelson Mandela body guard Chris Lubbe Fall visit - Message of Tolerance, Trust, Forgiveness and Hope
- ¡Use of Accelerated Math to differentiate and target instruction to meet students’ needs
- ¡Applied Positive Psychology - groups, PD and Parent Academy Series
- ¡Continual focus on Literacy
- ¡Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement
- ¡ASL Online
- ¡Mapping for AT
- ¡Literacy for Life - Level 2
- ¡Con’t Refined use of Link-It across district to inform instruction and predict PARCC performance
- ¡Con’t Use of Star 360 for progress-monitoring in reading and math
- ¡Con’t Emphasis on vocabulary development across departments
- ¡Con’t Medford Campus Pilots
- Student mentors for incoming 9th graders
- Online vocabulary program for grade 9 ELA
- Inclusion of Just Words
We look forward to a very good school year, embrace the enhancements to the curricula and to our facilities, welcome our new staff and wish all ongoing efforts to inspire and be linchpins to our students and our District.
Accepted Student Day OrientationPosted by Dr. Nagy at 8/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
Our campuses hosted incoming Freshman & Sophomore's families for an orientation BBQ this week.
Students met their administrators, walked their schedules, opened lockers, met new friends, and enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by yours truly, our Assistant Superintendent for Curiculum & Instruction, Dr. Bonsall and Sodexo.
Thank you to our dedicated team of staff, students & alumni students for taking the time to escort our incoming students throughout each campus and speak to our new BCIT community about your BCIT experiences!
BCIT Launches School of Construction TechnologyPosted by Dr. Nagy at 8/1/2017 3:45:00 PM
Medford, NJ. The Burlington County Institute of Technology announced plans to launch a new School of Construction Technology in September. This launch will directly respond to the significant demand for skilled workers in construction trades in Burlington County and statewide...see more
BCIT Adult Education Graduates 13 LPN students!Posted by Dr. Nagy at 7/14/2017 7:05:00 PM
Congratulations to our 13 LPN BCIT Adult Education graduates! Our Westampton Campus welcomed graduates, their guests, District Administration, and Burlington County Freeholder, Linda Hughes. Thank you for your inspirational speech, Dr. Richardson.
A very special thank you to our BCIT Academy for Performing Arts students Mykayla Shearin-Howard and Qawiyya Haqq for singing the National Anthem.
BCIT Automotive Technology Instructor, Mr. Mariano celebrated with his daughter, Holly Mariano. Congratulations to all our LPN Graduates!
Exciting Changes for Medford CTE Programs and FacilitiesPosted by Dr. Nagy at 7/10/2017 4:35:00 PM
If a visitor were to walk onto the Medford campus and enter the building now during the summer, one could only think of one phrase: BCIT’s programs are on the move at the Medford campus. Known for welding technology and great interest among students, the Welding Technology program will now double its footprint to make room for virtual and augmented reality welding machines, additional work stations and future plans to add a CNC Plasma Cutter. On another part of the campus, the Cosmetology program is receiving an “extreme home makeover” to upgrade the facilities to mirror a very hip learning environment in a state of the art salon experience. The Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Academy will move to a larger location in the building to accommodate the infusion of Drone Technology into the curriculum. The Information Technology program under the direction of a new instructor with many years of industry experience, will now be located upstairs next to the Law and Public Safety program. This represents an exciting step to update IT program curricula to allow students to earn stackable industry credentials including A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications as well as customized learning opportunities. Last, all construction related programs will be located adjacent to a large common area to allow students from the four disciplines (Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry, and Welding) to collaborate in a cohort, which together will be part of our newly established School of Construction Technology. Recognizing the need for qualified workers to meet the overwhelming demand for trained workers, BCIT is excited about the enhancements in technology and infrastructure to provide students with an excellent Career and Technical education with extremely high opportunities to be hired or to have opportunities to go to college at a fraction of the cost due to partnerships with RCBC and Rowan College.
Summer Campers Abound for Start of BCIT Camp ExperiencePosted by Dr. Nagy at 7/10/2017 4:00:00 PM
Today marked the first day of camp on both campuses where over 339 middle school students with smiles, excitement and an eagerness to meet and make new friends hit the halls and fields for our Third Annual Summer Camp. Between the two campuses, there are twenty-eight offerings from which to choose and cover a range from All About Me Cosmetology, Design-a-Robot, Cup Cake Camp, Creative Writing, Graphics and Animation, Painting to Welding Technology and other CTE applications. We offer half and full day sessions taught by our exemplary staff at both campuses. These camps are designed to stimulate our young people’s appetites and expose them to what a student might expect to see and experience at BCIT: a premier career and technical education.
BCIT Board of Education UpdatePosted by C. Nagy at 6/23/2017 1:25:00 PM
BCIT Board of Education Update
At the Board of Education meeting last evening, the Board approved the Board, District, and Professional Development Goals. In addition, the Board approved the three-year comprehensive technology plan. Please see our website or reference the links below:
End of School Year Superintendent MessagePosted by Dr. Nagy at 6/22/2017 9:30:00 AM
Dear BCIT Community,
As we approach the end of the school year, we congratulate those students who will be graduating and wish them great success in their new endeavors be it to further their education, enter the workforce, enter military service or pursue a postsecondary certification. Many of our graduates have already earned a number of college credits and have earned an industry credential to position them to enter the workforce immediately or at least during the summer or winter breaks when in college. We are very proud of our graduates who leave us with collective scholarships of more than $2 million. I wish you a great summer and ask that you continue to encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to read and complete their summer assignments. We are firm believers in the words of Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I thank all of you for your untiring support and leadership in your classrooms, and wish all of you a restful summer.