At the recent annual conference for the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA), Frank Caccavale’s Technology and Engineering Education program, at Ridge High School was recognized as one of only 39 programs worldwide to earn the prestigious Program Excellence Award in 2018.  

Sponsored by the ITEEA and Paxton/Patterson, the Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering classroom programs on the elementary, middle or high school levels.  It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students.  Schools from all over the United States and around the world compete for this honor.

Each year the Program Excellence winners are recognized at the largest conference for Technology & Engineering Educators in the world.  This year the program at Ridge High School was recognized at the first general session of the conference where the award plaques and pins were presented. A synopsis of our program was displayed through a multimedia presentation.

Frank Caccavale has been a technology and engineering education teacher for four years (three with Bernards Township School District) currently teaches design, problem solving, and creativity through a program of courses that cover topics such as manufacturing, fine woodworking, robotics, programming, and electronics. While at the ITEEA conference, Frank presented a session for attendees on how teachers and schools can best promote technology and engineering education in their local communities. His attendance at the event was made possible by a grant provided by the Ridge High PTO