Congressman Lance sees how N.J. students put computers to work

February 12, 2016 news
Congressman Lance sees how N.J. students put computers to work

Craig Turpin, NJ.com

FRENCHTOWN — In recognition of Career and Technical Education Month, Congressman Leonard Lance visited the students of Hunterdon County Vocational School District's Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy to speak about the importance of these kinds of programs and the benefits they have for students.

The congressman's remarks to students focused on the unique experiences associated with career and technical education programs. He referenced internship opportunities and real-world work experiences as valuable aspects of a complete curriculum, and lauded the work of vocational schools for their commitment to providing these opportunities.

"The Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy is an invaluable educational asset to Hunterdon County," Lance said. "I was pleased to meet with the students and faculty and see first-hand the many 21st century tools being put to use. Excellent technical education makes students better prepared and equipped with greater knowledge to pursue a degree or start a career.

"This opportunity not only allows students to earn college credits while in high school but also prepares students to be competitive in college and the evolving job market."

Dr. Kim Metz, district superintendent, expressed her appreciation to Lance for taking the time to visit. "We thank the congressman for speaking to our academy students regarding the importance of a career and technical education," Metz said. "His support of the program is very important to us, and we look forward to his continuing recognition of the academy."

The Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy is a four-year, full-time high school located within Delaware Valley Regional High School. Applications are being accepted until March 1, and eighth grade students interested in applying can do so through www.hcvsd.org. For more information regarding the academy, visit the website or contact Dan Sexton at 908-788-1119, ext. 2024, or email dsexton@hcvsd.org.