On October 27, Congressman Josh Gottheimer visited the ATHS campus at BCC to present the school a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community. He toured the school’s technical areas, observing freshman and sophomore student projects. Sophomores Christopher Wojcicki and Francesca Laurito accompanied Rep. Gottheimer on his tour, and delivered a presentation that included an overview of the Engineering Technology program and the many projects that students are involved in, as well as a discussion of their academic pursuits. Mr. John Bryndza from Stryker Orthopaedics was also in attendance to discuss the industry partnerships that comprise such a vital component of this CTE program.

Congressman Gottheimer has a background in technology and a particular interest in the area of Mechatronics. This visit afforded him the opportunity to observe a unique partnership between a college and high school CTE program that integrates academic high school classes, dual enrollment college courses, and technical education supported by industry partnerships. He was impressed not only with the students he met but with the quality of the program and the opportunities it offers to its students as future members of New Jersey’s workforce.

Photo on Opening Page: Rep. Gottheimer presenting Certificate of Recognition to (left to right): Student Christopher Wojcicki, Superintendent Dr. Howard Lerner, Assistant Superintendent and ATHS Principal Andrea Sheridan, and Student Francesca Laurito.

Photo Lower right: Rep. Gottheimer examines student-constructed Rover, the result of a cooperative project between Stryker Orthopaedic staff and ATHS students.

Photo Above: Students Christopher Wojcicki and Francesca Laurito led a guided tour of the ATHS classrooms and lab. Several of the students’ projects were showcased, and detailed explanations of the technical aspects of each were given. JG2