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Morris County Vocational School District Receives Lighthouse Award From New Jersey Department of Education

The Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) is proud to announce that it has been honored with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Lighthouse Award. 

The school district celebrated this remarkable achievement with a special ceremony that included guests from the education community and the NJDOE - Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan; Director, Office of Educator Effectiveness, Pete Mazzagatti, Ed.D.; Dr. Nancy Gartenberg, Executive Morris County Superintendent & NJ Department of Education; Anthony Iacono, President, County College of Morris; Patrick Enright, Senior Vice President of Academics Affairs, Workforce Development and Student Success Services, County College of Morris.

Also, in attendance at the ceremony and guest speaker was Jadon Oliver, a senior in the Academy for Computer & Information Sciences at the Morris County School of Technology. Jadon stated, "this year, I've had the incredible opportunity to take dual enrollment classes at the County College of Morris (CCM) and I significantly benefited from these courses. Through this program, I've completed 29 college credits and will receive a data science certificate from CCM before I graduate high school."

The NJDOE Lighthouse award recognizes school districts that have demonstrated educational improvement and equitable student outcomes. The NJDOE aims to have the districts light the way for others. Specifically, the NJDOE recognized MCVSD district for increasing equity in dual enrollment opportunities for all students.

Dual enrollment is a cornerstone of the high school experience at Morris County Vocational School District. Preparing students for the challenges of college-level studies is what MCVSD instructors do every day.

"For the past few years, we have made equity and access a priority in our district, and our efforts have certainly been rewarded with this recognition, said Scott Moffitt, Superintendent of the MCVSD. “We created the Equity Task Force to develop strategies for attracting and retaining a more diverse student population and providing access to all populations to high-quality programs such as dual enrollment. Also, the district expanded support for the students taking college classes by hiring two college and career counselors."

“The outstanding work of the Morris County Vocational School District demonstrates a true commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “The New Jersey Department of Education commends the entire school community including the school board, school administrators, educators, support staff, parents, and the students themselves, who always rise to the occasion.”

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Photo Credit: Erin Campo, student , Academy for Multimedia, Morris County School of Technology
Pictured left to right: Patrick Enright, Senior Vice President of Academics Affairs, Workforce Development and Student Success Services, County College of Morris; Shari Castelli, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Morris County Vocational School District; Dr. Nancy Gartenberg,  Executive Morris County Superintendent, NJ Department of Education; Scott Moffitt, Superintendent, Morris County Vocational School District; Jadon Oliver, senior year student in the Academy for Computer & Information Sciences, Morris County School of Technology;  Acting Commissioner of Education Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, NJ Department of Education; Anthony Iacono, President, County College of Morris; Director, Pete Mazzagatti, Ed.D., Office of Educator Effectiveness, NJ Department of Education
 

Morris County Vocational School District offers a wide range of career and technical education programs that inspire and prepare students to succeed in today’s world and pursue tomorrow’s opportunities.  Programs range from auto service and construction trades to healthcare sciences, performing arts and cybersecurity. The high school offers full-time academies and share-time programs on its Denville campus. In addition, through collaboration with local school districts and the County College of Morris, it offers full-time academies and share-time programs established at off-site satellite locations. To learn more about full-time academies and share-time high school programs, visit www.mcvts.org or call 973-627-4600 ext. 277.