Education

Freeholders Cut Ribbon at VoTech West Hall Building Expansion

4b25fce13b1ba8d765ed_IMG_9564-1.jpg
Union County Freeholder Al Mirabella and Vo-Tech Superintendent Peter A. Capodice are joined as they cut the ribbon at UCVTS's West Hall building. Credits: Michael Bruchert
d6fa319d368b6cecfd6f_IMG_9538-1.jpg
Peter A. Capodice welcomes guests and thanks individuals for their support for expanding the UCVTS campus. Credits: Michael Bruchert
2531736ba96e41b2bfe3_IMG_9581-1.jpg
The new West Hall contains 10 classrooms, two new computer labs, a faculty room, administration office, and fitness center. Credits: Michael Bruchert
faaf09dfde1f1cc633f8_IMG_9555-1.jpg
Seniors at UCTVS Malcolm Edwards and Adrianna Sabat issue a statement from the students thanking all who helped make the new West Hall possible. Credits: Michael Bruchert
1b20f2df2f51f1ffb0a6_IMG_9585-1.jpg
Credits: Michael Bruchert
4b25fce13b1ba8d765ed_IMG_9564-1.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Union County elected officials, school administrators, teachers and students today cut the ribbon on the completed $11 million expansion of the West Hall building for the Union County Vocational-Technical School High School.

The two-story, steel-frame academic building serves the district's four-year, full-time Union County Vo-Tech School High School (UCTech) and has opened with more than 400 full-time students using the facility.

"Future generations of entrepreneurs, communicators, and creators are receiving their education here, honing their skills and learning how to ply their craft," said Al Mirabella, who serves as a Freeholder liaison to the Vo-Tech.

Sign Up for E-News

"We're proud to be investing in our children's future, and it is paying off as Union County's Vocational-Technical education system is one of the strongest in the state and nation," said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh, also a Freeholder liaison to the Vo-Tech.

The 38,000 sq. ft. addition contains 10 new classrooms, two new computer labs for biology and chemstry-physics, a faculty room, administration office, and a 1,200 sq. ft. fitness center with adjoining health classroom. The project is financed through a county bond issue.

The architect for the project was Netta Architects of Mountainside, and the general contractor was Mar-Bridge Enterprises of Matawan, NJ. Pinnacle Construction Managaement of Newark is the construction manager.

"The addition to West Hall is being used to provide all the academic programs for UCTech full time students," said UC Vo-Tech Schools Superintendet Peter A. Capodice. "Last year, all UCTech full-time students received the academic portion of their program in our Academy for Information Technology (AIT). Now we hope to grow both the AIT and UCTech programs."

UCTech is one of the five academies at the school, and offers students a four-year program that combines high-end academics with access to the career or technical training program of their choice. Students follow a comprehensive high school education while pursuing opportunities to study programs, such as automotive technology, building trades,culinary arts, and cosmetology.

UC Vo-Tech's shared-time vocational-technical training programs serve 600 high school students in 20 occupational areas and over 100 post-secondary adults. The District's apprenticeship program serves over 2,500 apprentices.

More than 1,400 students - plus an addition 600 shared time students - attend all five academies of the Union County Vo-Tech system. In 2013, both AIT and the Magnet High School received the prestigious "National Blue Ribbon School Award."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_9c2bb78674ccc6c956e3_2018_st_pats_flyer

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Roselle Park

St. Patrick's Day Party

Carousel_image_b59229b3972266545812_magnet_fundraising_auction_2018_flyer_0219

Fri, February 23, 6:30 PM

Union County Vocational Technical Schools, West Hall Cafeteria, Scotch Plains

Union County Magnet High School Silent Auction

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Roselle Community Group to Examine the 'Cost of Being Black in America'

February 17, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle-based community organizing group Community Acting Now will examine the book “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America" by author Shawn D. Rochester as part of a commemoration of Black History Month.

The discussion will take place Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is ...

“Hidden in Plain Sight” - A Presentation Centered Around a Teen’s Bedroom 

ROSELLE, NJ - Parents, grandparents, caregivers, when it comes to your children and drugs, do you know where to look? Do you know what you are looking for? You may be surprised at what is "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to have an opportunity to ...

6 Protesters Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Westfield Court to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John Rogers of First Congregational Church in Montclair, Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of ...

Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

February 19, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

St. Patrick's Day Dinner Party

February 22, 2018

St. Patrick's Annual Dinner Party to honor Roselle Park's Policeman & Fireman of the Year. Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner. Desserts, Soft Drinks and Coffee.

DJ, Bagpipers and Irish Step Dancers. Adults $25, Children under 10 $5 (chicken fingers and fries)...

Make checks payable to Church of the Assumption. Tickets can be purchased after every mass on 2/24-25 and 3/3-4. Or call ...

Female Boxer Dog Found in the Chandler Ave. Area of Roselle

February 20, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A female boxer was found on East 7th Ave. near Chandler Ave. and given to police on Feb. 16. The dog was later transported to the Newark Humane Society, where it will be on hold for the owner to claim her.

Officials from the Humane Society say that the dog is of senior age and very sweet. If the owner does not claim her, she will be available for adoption on Feb.

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb (Altria, 2015)

 

Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them. Even when they call it a 'senseless tragedy,' people always try to find a ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...