MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - The County College of Morris (CCM) has teamed up with The Morris County Vocational School to offer a new program. The Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing program will be open to Morris County high school students. The program is designed to prepare students for a career in the growing industry of engineering and advanced manufacturing.

The program  is specifically designed for students with an interest in engineering, computer applications and manufacturing.

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"Students will be offered college-level work and hand-on activities", said Shari Castelli, Director of Curriculum and Programs at the Morris County School of Technology, which is located in Denville.

Coursework will include basic engineering graphics, computer-aided drafting, materials for engineering technology, technical computer applications, mechanical prototyping, and electricity and electronics. In addition, the program will include work-based learning experiences through industry partnerships.

“We must focus taxpayer dollars on projects that provide the greatest benefit to our residents, and that includes our students’’ said Freeholder John Krickus, who is a member of the CCM Board of School Estimate. “This excellent new educational program will benefit from a $2.5 million county government investment at CCM, which helped finance major upgrades to mechanical and engineering laboratories. It gives the opportunity for any student who is willing to study and work hard a chance to succeed.’’

Renovations to CCM’s engineering labs included updating the fabrication, metrology, aviation, electronics, statics and CAD labs and other instructional spaces. The upgrades expanded opportunities for designing, testing materials, fabricating, performing assembly and other aspects of engineering to better prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or for further advancing their education.

“We’re delighted to offer Morris County high school students this fast-track program to prepare them for careers in the rapidly expanding field of engineering design and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, President of CCM, which is located in Randolph.

Upon completion of the two-year program, students will earn 32 credits from CCM and Certificates of Achievement in Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting and Engineering Technology. Students may then enroll in CCM’s Associates in Applied Science in Engineering Technology program for one additional year to earn their associate degree, or at a four-year college or university, or pursue workforce placement.

Students in 10th grade may apply via an online application at under Admissions>Application Form> Share Time Programs tabs. The application deadline has been extended until April 2, 2015.

Share Time programs are half-day sessions providing juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to receive daily career and technical training as part of their school program. The new program is now planned for the afternoon session and will be held at CCM in Randolph.

For more information, call the Morris County School of Technology at (973) 627-4600         ext. 277.

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