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The U.S. Army Was Named 2017 Business Partner of the Year

December 14, 2017

Representatives from the US Army accept the 2017 award.  From left: Scott Clemmensen, VP of Human Resources for Capital Health and Chair of MCTS General Advisory Committee; John Henry, iSTEAM Coordinator for NJSBA; Sergeant First Class Joshua Simpson, i-STEAM education specialist for NJSBA; Scott Engle, Culinary Arts Instructor at MCTS; Giovanna Hansen, Education Services Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion; Michael Halloran, Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion; Captain PJ Hartman, Commander of the Central Jersey Recruiting Company

Article from CareerTechNJ

US Army representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, located at the Joint Base in Lakehurst, are mentoring MCTS students in all career and technical education areas, providing unique training that physically and mentally challenges them and builds lifelong leadership skills.

In addition, a three-way partnership between the Army, the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), and MCTS has produced a new competition for culinary arts students, the MRE Challenge.  Students are charged with developing simple ingredient additions to the Army’s traditional field rations – meals-ready-to-eat (MRE) – that will help soldiers in combat or other remote postings produce a more palatable culinary outcome.

Piloted last year, the competition gained the attention of New Jersey SkillsUSA, a co-curricular student organization, which has introduced the MRE Challenge as a new state-wide competition.