BCIT West Honors Inaugural Inductees to National Technical Honor SocietyPosted by Michele Hill on 5/23/2019Last night, 19 students were inducted into the inaugural class of the National Technical Honor Society. Part of a vision of the District administration in collaboration with BCIT building principals, the National Technical Honor Society was launched to capture the greatness of students who not only are high achievers in academic classes, but who hold a high GPA in their career programs. The Honor Society promotes the principles of Skill, Responsibility, Scholarship, Honesty, Service, Leadership and Citizenship. The honorary inductee and keynote speaker was BCIT instructor Ron Johnston who is a grammy award winner, TV production and Entertainment Technology instructor and is owner of two hair salons. His message was inspirational and engaging for all in the audience. The program was designed by advisor and teacher Kimberlee Williams. I was happy to be part of something really special last night. This was the second inaugural event at BCIT this month, the other being the Inaugural Induction into the Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement of which there were two. Dr. Nagy encouraged students to look to them as role models and to be the best they can be and to make us proud. Who knows, one day any one of the inductees into the Honor Society could be honored for their lifetime achievement.
BCIT Staff Recognized at BC Educator of the Year CeremonyPosted by Michele Hill on 5/14/2019
This morning at the campus of Pemberton High School, New Jersey, the 2019 Burlington County Educator of the Year Program took place to honor staff in each district in Burlington County. Part of the Governor's Educator of the Year Recognition Program, staff are recognized for educational innovation, student achievement, service to the community outside of the classroom, connections to students and inspiration provided to students during their careers. The theme for the awards celebration was Simply Remarkable: A Celebration to Highlight Your Achievements. Superintendent Dr. Christopher Nagy and principals Joseph Venuto and Michael Parker were present to celebrate the accomplishments and honor that the following staff brought to our District:Medford CampusGuidance Counselor - Beverly ForlineLanguage Arts Teacher - Heather MurroWestampton CampusGuidance Counselor - Jennifer DailyEnglish Teacher - Lia HannonThe BCIT community congratulates our honorees of the deserving honor. Colleagues have selected these individuals for their many contributions which is a professional high compliment, honor and privilege.
BCIT Launches Inaugural Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement and Inducts First MembersPosted by Michele Hill on 5/8/2019
On the morning of May 8, 2019, The Burlington County Institute of Technology inducted into the Inaugural Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement two former students: John J Ferry, graduate of the BCIT Adult Education Program in 1978 and Deserie N. Sills-Hill, graduate of BCIT High School West in 1994.. At the ceremony on the Westampton Campus, a plaque was presented to each honoree respectively who in turn provided a reflection on his life’s journey and how BCIT made an impact on his personal and professional life. After the presentations, students from the various career and technical education clubs engaged the inductees in a question and answer session. Following the award ceremony, a brunch was provided to allow students and recipients and respective families to have informal conversations and follow up. In the entrance at each of the campuses, there is now a Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement Wall on which the plaques of the first inductees may be found.
Having already created a Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement as a former principal at Allentown High School, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Nagy approached the two high school principals with the idea to launch a Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement at BCIT. The ceremony today is a vision come to reality. Dr. Nagy in his opening remarks commented to the inductees that as students look at your plaque on the wall, they will see your many contributions and see that hard work does pays off. Students today will benefit from your words of wisdom, your insights and be inspired to one day be honored for having made a valued contribution to the BCIT family legacy. Dr. Nagy also indicated to the audience that
today is a day for Jack and Deserie to tell their stories for according to Dr. Lani Peterson, Harvard professor, psychologist, professional storyteller and executive coach, storytelling is a meaningful tool for personal growth, connection and change. The stories written and told today have the power to engage, influence, teach and inspire listeners. This is why a Hall of Fame is so important to our students, staff, school district and community.
John (Jack) Ferry has served on the Burlington County Institute of Technology Board of Education for more than 20 years and at one point served as president. He has served as Chairman of the Planning Board of Burlington City and Planning Board in Moorestown. One year before his graduation from BCIT, Mr. Ferry started his own construction company where at one point he employed over 28 workers. He was on the Board of Directors of Roebling Bank for 27 years and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roebling Bank for over 20 years. In this position he grew the bank from 28 million to over 200 million and sold the bank to Third Federal Bank. He was elected to Third Federal Bank’s Board of Directors and in this capacity grew Third Federal Bank from 750 million to over 1 billion dollars and it was sold to BB&T Bank. Mr. Ferry was also the President of Burlington & Camden County Banking Association, Economic Development/Planning Boards for Burlington City and Moorestown and served as an Assistant Fire Chief and Chief of Burlington City. Mr. Ferry has a wife and two sons.
Deserie N. Sills-Hill is currently the Director of Housing Counseling and Community and Economic Development at the Urban League of Philadelphia. She has an extensive background in the housing counseling industry and has worked with over 30,000 families in the Philadelphia region to obtain stability and gain knowledge of homebuyer education. In her 14 years’ experience in the housing counseling industry, she has worked as a housing counselor, senior counselor, housing counselor manager and director. Deserie sits on the Graduate Advisory Committee at Rutgers University, the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) Foreclosure Task Force and is a board committee member of Together for West Philadelphia. She has been featured on NBC10 and WDAS radio regarding the importance of home ownership. She has been recognized both locally and nationally having received the Presidential Award of Excellence from the Urban League of Philadelphia and the Housing Champion Award from the National Urban League. She is a former graduate of what is now RCBC, a degree in Communications from Rider University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutger’s University. She is a native of Edgewater Park and currently lives in Delran, New Jersey.
To be eligible for inclusion in the BCIT Hall of Fame, candidates must have: Graduated from or attended BCIT at least five years ago or served as a member of the faculty or staff of BCIT at least five years ago, or acted as a community member who made significant contributions to the mission of BCIT. Candidates may be nominated posthumously. Nominees must have distinguished themselves in their chosen field, including science, math, business, education, humanitarian affairs, arts, athletics, armed forces, career major, or other activities deemed by the committee to merit special recognition.Nominees must also be upstanding citizens who will act as role models of exemplary character for the BCIT community.
For those who were present, the stories told and the advice imparted were priceless. Everyone walked away having been inspired today. Some students commented that they hope one day they may make such a contribution to the workforce and community to be considered for a place on that wall of the Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement.
Educator Appreciation WeekPosted by Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent on 5/7/2019 9:00:00 AM
Dear Colleagues,On behalf of the administration during this week of Educator Appreciation, I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to our students in helping them to discover their potential and success in school and life. I hope that you enjoy all of the wonderful things that your building administrators have planned this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation. I want to take this opportunity to affirm all of you as we celebrate this special week while I am reminded of the words of John Steinbeck in reference to great teachers (educators):"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist, and there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Great educators engage, teach and influence. Thank you for being an inspiration to our students and to one another. Inspire On!
Thinking and Rethinking of Educational LeadershipPosted by Michele Hill on 5/2/2019I was fortunate to attend on Tuesday, the 75th Anniversary celebration of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education School Study Council, the theme of which was Thinking and Rethinking of Educational Leadership at which two keynotes were featured. Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is the international expert and leader in curriculum design and new school and classroom space design for learning. The other was Dr. Nancy Gutierrez, President and CEO of New York City's Leadership Academy. Her topic addressed urgent and intentional commitment to equity-focused leadership.The two main takeaways among many others are relevant to our work in our districts now and moving forward. Dr. Gutierrez shared seminal research on Equity at Work which will be a resource that we will incorporating into our professional conversations and focus for this next school year as part of our comprehensive equity plan. Heidi Hayes Jacobs focused on innovation in the classroom and school systems and the importance to look at the antiquated practices to remove in curricula; the classical approaches to learning to keep and the contemporary approaches to add to personalize learning in an interactive digital environment. The latter is particularly important as we seek to enhance the understanding of blended learning and our migration to a 1:1 Chromebook environment in September 2019. This marks an exciting time in our school systems and we welcome the opportunity to move our students closer to the 22nd Century.
Dr. Nagy honored by the Burlington County Regional Chamber of CommercePosted by Michele Hill on 4/30/2019Last night at the annual Voice of Business Awards reception and ceremony hosted at the Merion in Cinnaminson, Dr. Nagy received an award in a new category for Personal Excellence for companies with 26 or more employees. The award is given to a community leader who exemplifies the mission and vision of the employer; serves as a role model for others; demonstrates leadership and commitment to the community and ultimately has an impact on the Burlington County business community. Dr. Nagy credits this award to the Board of Education, Chosen Freeholders and all those with whom he works in both Districts.
BOE MeetingPosted by Michele Hill on 4/17/2019
Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education recognized the dedicated service and thanked all those who were being approved for their retirements at the end of this school year. The collective number of years of service and impact of this service on the District is appreciated. A wish of good health and happiness was extended to all.
This is the time of year each year where the Board of Education reappoints staff as well as addresses other personnel issues.
There were two job descriptions by the Board of Education, one for a secretary which is applicable to any secretary in either district and the other, the BCSSSD Director of Educational Assessment.
There was a presentation made last night to honor students in the BCIT District.
The Board of Education honored for the first time in the 60 year history of the district, the BCIT West Group 3 Central Division Girls Basketball Champs and Burlington County Times Coach of the Year Darrell White and his assistant coach Nia Hall. The coaches and team members were presented a certificate of accomplishment from Board President Robert Silcox and the Board of Education. Congratulations to the following players: Raynah Barlowe, Ciara Brannon, Deja Briggs, Nisea Burrell, Lillian Gyamfi, Khaia Hall, Siani Howell, Esranur Kilicoglu, Kianna Kinney, Ayana London, Briana McNair, Naresse Peterson, Jewelle Price, Nyasia Rodgers and Adya Washington. President Silcox noted that the Board was very proud of them and the honor the coaches and team have brought to the school district and campus.
Dr. Nagy congratulated all of the award winners in general for those students on both campuses who earned a bronze, silver or gold medal in the state competitions for SkillsUSA, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and FCCLA or Family and Career Community Leaders of America competitions many of whom earned bronze, silver and gold medals. We will be honoring them next month at the Board meeting. A number will be competing at the national level over the next two months. Congratulations to the students and the teachers who guided them.
Dr. Nagy noted that at the BCIT Medford Advisory Dinner this past week the District recognized three alumni one for west, one for Medford and one for the adult education program. Please see Dr. Nagy’s blog for more information. The BCT did a full-page coverage of the evening.
Dr. Nagy provided heartfelt note of congratulations to the BCIT Medford Teen Writers Guild Advisors Stacey Bartello and Amanda Weiler and the many student contributors to this year’s Teen Writers Guild book entitled: Dreamers and Believers. The book is a compendium of student work.
The Board is approved a new Mathematics course sequence pursuant to changes in the State Monitoring Process.
Our inaugural induction of our inductees to our New Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement will take place on May 8, 2019. We just learned that CBS’ Sam Gardner will be covering this event. Very exciting.
Last, the Board approved the second readings for the technology related policies and regulations.
Six BCIT Students Receive Top HonorsPosted by Michele Hill on 4/12/2019
Last evening before a crowd of over 250 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 and their parents and administrators from districts across Burlington County, six BCIT students received a certificate and award for being named the best academically for their class this year by the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association at a formal banquet at the Merion in Cinnaminson. All recipients received their awards and had a picture taken with Senator Troy Singleton. Congratulations to Medford 12th grader Annaliesa WIlliams, 11th grader Sarah Bachand and 10th grader Maxwell Friedman. From the Westampton Campus, honorees were 12th grader John P. Schulyer, 11th grader Eliana M. Tietz and 10th grader Emily H. Roddy. This is an honor well deserved. A special recognition also goes to their parents and all of the teachers and support staff to encouraged these students to flourish. Dr. Nagy, principals Parker and Venuto as well as Assistant Principal Valerie Lee were there to celebrate with the students and their families.
Three BCIT Graduates Honored at Spring PAC DinnerPosted by Michele Hill on 4/10/2019
Last night at the Medford Campus before a crowd of over 300 guests including members of the business community, CTE teachers, administrators, students and Board of Education Members Mrs. Paula Lee and Mr. Jack Ferry, Dr. Nagy and Dr. Bonsall provided an overview of the great strides made this past year and honored the three Graduates of the Year:Eva Pocius - Adult Education DivisionEva is a graduate of the LPN Class of 2011 and is currently employed by Cooper University Healthcare Internal Medicine as a Nurse Manager/Navigator providing care care for patients and manages the back-office support and training to medical assistants.Joseph (Ryan) McGinty - Medford CampusRyan is a 2003 graduate of the Plumbing CTE program where he won 1st place in States in the SkillsUSA competition and 3rd place at the SkillsUSA National Competition. After high school, Ryan went on to attend the BCIT adult education program and earned his New Jersey master plumber license. In 2008, Ryan started his own business and has three operational plumbing trucks and many BCIT graduates who now work for him. McGinty plumbing was voted Best Plumbing Company in Burlington County in 2018 by the Burlington County Times.Prince Reed - Westampton CampusPrince is a graduate of the Class of 2010 in the Law and Public Safety Program.After attending the Cape May County Police Academy in 2011 he took the first step In embarking on a journey where he would put others before himself in order to protect those who are in need. He is currently employed with the Camden County Police Department and has been promoted to a Detective assigned to (SRT) the Shooting Response Team. In this position, Reed primarily handles high profile cases leading to the arrest of violent offenders and responds and investigates shootings and armed robberies within the City of Camden. Though relatively new to the field, Reed has received over (34) thirty-four awards including: The Senate and General Assembly Citation, Camden County Police Department Meritorious Service Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Citizens Crime Commission Police Bravery Award,Camden County Police Department Unit Citation (Shooting Response Team) Service Award, and Camden County Proclamation Board of Chosen Freeholders Excellence Award.
After the dinner and awards ceremony, the various career programs led by the CTE instructors met with the invited advisors from various businesses to discuss current and future changes and successes in each of the programs and to listen to valued advice. We cannot thank the more than 600 business advisors who provide valuable support to our programs. Congratulations to our award winners and to all who made this a very successful school year.
Cinderella Captivates at Medford CampusPosted by Michele Hill on 4/6/2019
The BCIT Academy of the Performing Arts under the direction of Mr.Scott Cooney, choreography by Ms. Lauren Frazier-Gebhart and music direction by Dr. Pamela Turowski hosted this past Friday and Saturday at the Medford Campus Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Unlike the traditional version, this modern version provided a few twists, but in the end, all lived happily ever after. The production entertained all in attendance. The next performances will be this coming Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th at 7pm and 2pm respectively. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job well done.
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