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:
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.
This is a short notification that the superintendent’s agenda and meeting outline are posted and available for review. To access from the BCIT website to the agenda and outline for tomorrow’s meeting, please click here. Please note that there may be items and personnel related issues that may be added or deleted from the superintendent’s agenda subsequent to this posting and may be part of a supplemental agenda. We thank you for your interest.
BCIT Medford juniors, Jaxson Bonsall and Jacob Titus, are competing in the SkillsUSA National Competition for Mobile Robotics in Louisville, Kentucky. Delayed by storms on the East Coast, our team and New Jersey contingent are now at the event which takes place today, tomorrow and Friday. Our two students qualified because they earned a Gold Medal in State Competition. Over 5000 students are competing from all 50 states and U.S. territories to compete on the national level. Our team of two who are now immersed in the Mobile Robotics competition will compete based on the following tasks: Engineering Notebook review; Engineering Math Test; Uniform Inspection; Presentation; Robot Build and navigation of the Robot on the course. The award ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017 at 5PM. Congratulations gentlemen. You make us very proud.
There were 70 adult students recognized last evening for the completion of their respective programs. Of those who graduated, the majority either have jobs or will start their jobs after graduation. This was a class with many accomplishments. I was so very proud to hear of the many milestones reached last night before a very large crowd and honored guests, County Freeholder Linda Hughes and Board Members Kathleen Burgess and Leon Jones. Below are some of accomplishments of the class:
Our newest program, students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication program took the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification exam of which 100% received a passing score and are now certified in Machining Level I Standards.
Our Cosmetology program students took their State Board Licensure Exam (Theory and Practical) where 100% passed their State Boards Licensure exam and are now waiting to hear about the results for their Practical exam.
Our Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program students took the NHA (National Healthcare Association) exam and 88% of the class passed on the first try.
The Dental Assisting class took their Infectious Control Exam (ICE), Radiation Health & Safety exam (RHS), and their General Chairside Exam (GC) and 100% of the class as a result are qualified and will receive their Certified Dental Assistant Certificate (CDA).
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration program students sat for their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Section 608) exam and 100% passed.
Our Veterinary Assistant class took their MedCA Certified Exam and 100% passed.
Our Welding program students took the American Welding Society (AWS) exam and 100% passed.
On Tuesday evening, both campuses held their annual senior awards ceremony on their respective campuses. A number of awards were earned, but the standout was the amount of scholarships that were awarded for each of the classes. Congratulations to all of our graduates. You make us very proud!
Students from the BCIT Early Childhood Graduation together with their instructor and support staff, prepared the 14 pre-schoolers to sing a number of songs, recitation of a poem, Pledge of Allegiance and individual presentation of career goals. The response of a “policeman” was the most popular response. The theme of the day was “What a Wonderful World” and was sung at the end of the graduation and was sung and accompanied by American Sign Language by all of the students. The ASL was learned from district staff members and personal research on the part of the BCIT Early Childhood Program students all of which provided a great way to end the day and ceremony before many proud attendees. Congratulations to all.
We are grateful to the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battallion Commander Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Edward Croot who has been instrumental as a community partner in providing military personnel and resources to our staff and students at both campuses during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. LTC Croot arranged for student assemblies, visits to key military innovation centers and provided STEM resources (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It is anticipated that additional resources in the area of cyber security will be provided this next year to support the revised Information Technology curriculum.
Pictured is the outgoing LTC Commander Croot at the Change of Command ceremony at Ft. Dix yesterday. LTC Commander Croot will be heading to Virginia and Washington, DC as a special forces advisor to the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. He is being replaced by LTC Commander Keith Bryant who was on our campus recently with LTC Commander Croot for a county superintendent meeting. We wish both gentlemen success and thank them for their service to our Country, County and District.
A letter will be sent home from the building principal to those parents who have children in our daycare program. A pre-registration process fee of $50 is being collected now to reserve a spot in the summer program. There will be a late fee of $10 assessed as was done in the past. The new tuition rates commencing in July are:
Summer 7/1/17 to 8/31/17 $150/week
School Year 9/1/17 to 6/30/18 $140/week
We will be using the Myschoolbucks online program to collect the upcoming tuition payments. There is a nominal transaction fee that is charged by the company to process payments. In the meantime, if you have any questions, they may be directed to Mr. Venuto, BCIT West principal.
As we embark upon the busiest time of the year, students and parents may be thinking about the summer. I want to take this time to review the various campus ceremonies and wish all graduates and parents best wishes for the new milestone accomplished. Be New Jersey Strong!