An involved and supportive business community is essential to the mission of Mercer County Technical Schools, and the success of our students. We at Mercer County Technical Schools are deeply appreciative for the support of area business leaders who are true partners in our students’ education.
From small local enterprises to international corporations, our business partners help “keep it real” for students by serving as mentors, guest lecturers, advisory board members and ultimately employers.
Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools honors one exemplary business partner from each of the state’s 21 school districts. Below are recent honorees as selected by Mercer County Technical Schools.
In conjunction with the Automotive Youth Education Systems program, four Haldeman dealershipsprovide training, encouragement, and professional development to students in the Auto Technology program. The partnership insures that students are able to practice workplace skills in a live work environment while being mentored by highly-qualified technicians.
Demonstrating the range of career optionsin the food industry, Wegmens Food Markets Inc. is a partner with the retail food marketing and culinary arts programs. At Wegmens, workplace readiness skills and classroom theory are infused into the workplace setting. Students combine their technical school studies with hands-on structured work experiences related otheir career objectives.
Working with Bear Creek Assisted Living,our students are immersed into the service industry with real world professional experiences being emphasized throughout this year-round project. The interdisciplinary program involves 75 students enrolled in the Culinary Arts, Cosmetology and Health and Child Care programs. Students practice competency skills to develop relationships with area professionals while Bear Creek visitors to the SypekCenter have the opportunity to experience services that are prepared, planned and presented by students. Field trip opportunities provide students the flexibility to use their skills outside of the school environment. This relationship allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in a practical, hands-on, skills-based manner. Adults benefit from the interaction with thehigh school students and develop strong lasting relationships. The experiences are a true partnership -- beneficial to both the students and the community.
For over fifteen years, Lawrence Lexus has played a major role in hiring apprentice level technicians from Mercer Tech and the Lexus company employs several of our graduates. The company has embraced our students and served as mentors. Students comment on the point to this family-oriented company and say working at Lawrence Lexus is a dream cometrue. To Mercer Tech, Partners like Lawrence Lexus are a dream come true!
Taylor Wiseman & Taylor supports our Architectural and Engineering Design program through service on our Advisory Committee. The firm also delivers specialized training to students, judges our local SkillsUSA competition and hires many of our co-op students. Our success relies on partners like TaylorWiseman & Taylor.
Graduates Community Learning Center provide learning experiences for students in our Health and ChildCare program. This interaction between the high school students and the preschoolers strengthens students workplace readiness skills and gives students opportunities to practice & apply classroom theory. The partnership is mutually beneficial as high school students practice their skills and methods by planning activities and presenting them to the preschoolers.