BCIT Brief

June 2015, Edition #8

Editor: Mrs. Laura Geltch, Coordinator of Program and Community

Please continue emailing me your stories, photos, and events. This newsletter celebrates our BCIT community!


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A Message from your Superintendent

Dear BCIT Community,

Please accept my most sincere appreciation and commendations on a successful year for BCIT! Teachers: with your continued focus on teaching, learning, and student achievement, BCIT continues to grow and flourish.

The district's accomplishments are many this year -

  • Leadership:
    • New leadership in a number of areas
    • Leadership and professional development initiatives for administrators
  • Policy and Regulation:
    • Improved and new policies/processes/procedures
    • New and improved safety and security procedures/infrastructure
    • Compliance with TEACHNJ and AchieveNJ
  • Program and Curriculum:
    • Over six million dollars in student scholarships earned
    • Plans to engage in a process to develop a Long-Range BCIT Strategic Plan during 2015-16
    • The development of a new five-year Understanding by Design curriculum evaluation and development plan
    • Addition of two County Career Academies (Performing Arts; Engineering) for 2015-16, and the development of a third (Agriscience) for 2016-17
    • The addition of Advanced Placement courses for 2015-16
    • New and improved admissions criteria and processes
    • The addition of a second Discovery Night, and significantly increased D.N. attendance, as well as Adult Ed. participation for the first time
    • Dramatically increased applicants and acceptances to BCIT
    • A new summer CTE program with nearly 300 registrants to date
    • Increased Adult Ed. enrollment by over 50%
    • More affordable and diverse Adult Ed. offerings for students
    • Increased from zero to over 50 apprenticeships in just over one year in Adult Ed.
  • Partnerships:
    • Increased level of County shared services
    • Growing and strengthened relationships with our County school district partners, Rowan College at BCC, the County Workforce Investment Board, our First Responders, and other entities
    • Expanded articulation agreements with BCC and other institutes of higher learning for students to earn dual credit
    • Re-established and strengthened our Program Advisory Councils
  • Marketing:
    • Increased and improved marketing, branding, and advertising for BCIT
    • Established the Successful Graduate of the Year Program
  • Numerous capital improvements, and technology initiatives

On behalf of our Board of Education, and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, congratulations to our entire team on these achievements. Thank you for a productive year and for all you do for our students.

Best wishes for a peaceful summer break.


-Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools

BCIT/BCSSSD Board of Education Policies & Regulations

The following policies and regulations have been approved by the Board of Education. Please review and reference pertinent policies as applicable.

February 2015


R8460 General Investigative Procedures - 1st Reading

R5111 and 5111 Policy and Regulation for Admissions-Revision (BCIT only) 5120 Assignment of Students (BCIT Section Only)-Revision

Revised 2014-2015 School Year Calendars

BCSSSD change March 25 to early dismissal for students; 1⁄2 day In-service teachers. BCIT change March 27 to early dismissal for students; 1⁄2 day In-service teachers.

March 2015


  1. R0157 Board of Education Website

    R7450.1 BCIT S.O.P. General CTE Inventory and Accompanying Forms 9325 Use of Drug-Detection Canines

    P0134 Board Self Evaluation
    P0152 Board Officers
    P2622 Student Assessment
    P3212 Attendance
    P4212 Attendance (formerly P4211-removed) P & R 3218 Substance Abuse
    P & R 4218 Substance Abuse
    P5465 Early Graduation
    P8630 Bus Driver/Bus Aide Responsibility R8630 Emergency School Bus Procedures

    April 2015


    R0157 Board of Education Website

    R7450.1 BCIT S.O.P. General CTE Inventory and Accompanying Forms

    9325 Use of Drug-Detection Canines

    Strauss Esmay BCIT/BCSSSD policies and regulations.

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BCIT Adult Education, A Letter from Principal, Mr. Patrick Cruet

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

I extend best wishes to everyone as you have successfully completed your program of study at Burlington County Institute of Technology. I hope that your experiences here at BCIT were both educationally and personally rewarding.

Please use the skills that you have learned here at BCIT wisely to your advantage in becoming a contributing and worthy member of our community and society. These skills have prepared you for a career, higher education leading to a career, and life-long learning.

Please accept my most sincere congratulations and best wishes for a life which is full of peace, good health, happiness, and love. May your future be rewarding and full of success as you move on. But keep in mind that your life is just beginning—so embrace the journey.

Mr. Patrick Cruet

Adult Education Principal
Burlington County Apprentice Coordinator

Congratulations to our Adult Education Graduates!

80 students were honored in the following careers:

Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assistants, Electrical Trades, HVAC/R, Information Technology Technician, Certified Medical Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, & Welding Technology

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School To Work, Works!

Students of BCIT’s School To Work program earned a total of $774,544 over the course of the past year!

Our welding students are making $14 per hour at Pemfab and our Brandywine health occupation students are making $12 per hour.

This money is used by our students to help pay for college, car insurance, clothes, and to help support their family’s income at home. In addition, this money is put back into our county’s taxes and spent in other businesses, helping to create additional jobs and revenue for our community.

  • Seabox employs several of our students; they were so impressed with our program, they have donated thousands of dollars to our Robotics Club
  • One third of Pemfab’s employee workforce consists of BCIT graduates
  • Currently, ten of our School To Work graduates are employed by Inductotherm
  • OPEX employs eight School To Work graduates from our Electronics and Pre-Engineering Programs
  • Radwell has employed more than 30 BCIT graduates
  • Miller Ford, Lucas Chevrolet, Classic Nissan, Cherry Hill Classic Cars, and Burlington Truck Center have employed students from our Automotive/Diesel and Auto Body career majors through our School To Work program

Congratulations to our dedicated instructors. They provide the skills necessary to motivate and encourage the students to be successful in their careers. Principals, Mr. Parker and Mr. Venuto deserve tremendous praise for their support of this program and for their creative talents in juggling student schedules.

By, Joe Mozelewski

Celebrating CTE: President Obama signs Executive Order establishing CTE Presidential Scholars; White House hosts CTE event on June 30


THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered that section 2 of Executive Order 11155 of May 23, 1964, as amended by Executive Order 12158 of September 18, 1979, is further amended by adding a new paragraph (6) to read as follows:

"(6) In addition to the Presidential Scholars provided for in paragraphs (3), (4), and (5) of this section, the Commission may choose other Presidential Scholars not exceeding twenty in any one year. These Scholars shall be chosen at large, from the jurisdictions referred to in paragraph (3), on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields."


June 22, 2015

BCIT Foundation Scholarship Recipients!

BCIT Foundation awarded scholarships to five students to recognize their high school achievements and help pay costs of their continued education.

Stephanie Berdugo-Hernandez was the third recipient of the Foundation’s Robert V. Santare Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes a student who was committed to community service while being successful in academics and involved in extra-curricular activities.

Malik Mayo and Rutesh Patel were winners of BCIT Foundation Scholarships, which recognize achievement in vocational education.

Matthew Taylor and Tyler Kalbach won the first-ever Snowden Smith Memorial Scholarship, which rewards students with interest in HVAC, Plumbing or a related field.

Learn more about these students at www.bcit.cc/foundation.

Honors to Staff and Students!

BCIT Westampton:

May/June Students of the Month:

9th – Danielle Ambroise

10th – Jacob Lehman

11th – Christopher Pagan-Greywolfe

12th – Darius Foggy

Student Athlete – Kalief Norman

Most Improved – Jordan Shackleford

Staff Member of the Month – Louis Rossini

BCIT Medford:

May/June Students of the Month:

9th - Jacob Titus & Courtney Tuck

10th - Jordan Murray & Katerina Rodriguez

11th - Caroline Lees & Christopher Maschuzack

12th - Aliyah Patterson & Matthew Taylor

May Staff Member of the Month: Patricia Larsen

May Support Staff Member of the Month: Maria Powell

June Staff Member of the Month: Donna Atkinson

June Support Staff Member of the Month: Marylou Chandler

BCIT Medford Performing Arts Senior Night. Congratulations Seniors!

BCIT Medford Senior Culinary Dinner; a culinary triumph!

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Congratulations SkillsUSA Winners! Good Luck at Nationals in Louisville!

Billy P.: Silver Medal, Advertising Design Competition

Kate C. & Jessica K.: Gold medals, design & presentation of the NJ State Banner. They are invited to Louisville to walk in with the competitors carrying their banner design.

Micayla C.: Bronze Medal, NJ State Pin Design

Zuri A.: Gold Medal, NJ State T-shirt Design. Zuri will be heading to Louisville to present her design to a panel of judges.

Good luck to Jaxson B. and Samuel M., who won GOLD in the Mobile Robotics Competition!

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Congratulations Alexis R.!

Alexis' original creation is pictured; he worked in conjunction with the Auto Body shop to paint his design of an Eagle head.

Alexis is a graduating senior. He is moving on to Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he received a generous scholarship.

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Congratulations to the BCIT Medford Seniors Award recipients!

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BCIT Medford Arts Showcase...Congratulations Students and Staff!

CTE Spotlight: Information Technology

According to a recent article from Forbes Magazine, data that shows the demand for computer and mathematical science jobs is greater than any other field. Additionally, it was noted that these occupations paid higher than all professions except management and law. James Schindewolf, a senior in the Information Technology program at the Westampton Campus, already knows about the demand for strong candidates in the technology field. James has been working in tech support at the Tabernacle School District for the better part of a year. He has assisted the school in updating systems for MAP and PARCC testing by manually updating over 250 computers. James is thrilled to be working in his career major and said it was “the best thing he could have asked for in a job.” He looks forward to increasing his hours this summer and pursuing a degree in computer science and business management from Rowan University at BCC.

James is well-prepared to begin his foray into the tech field. Under the tutelage of teacher Joe Rivera, James learned a diverse array of skills for his new position. James and fellow students study programming languages, diagnostics and maintenance, computer repair, operating systems, and website development. Additionally, all students recently passed their Strata IT Fundamentals exam, which provides them with a certification in knowledge of of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technology topics. Students also earn their CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Assistant) certification, along with Network Pro.

One thing is for certain, the Information Technology students from BCIT will have an advantage when entering the college or the workforce.

By, Danielle Hartman

BCIT Summer Camp opens July 6th!

Below are important links for our BCIT Summer Campers:

BCIT Summer Camp Brochure

BCIT Summer Camp Media Release

BCIT Summer Camp Rules & Regulations

Questions about camp? Contact Mrs. Jill Markley, at (609) 267-4226, Ext. 8204.

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BCSSSD Golf Outing

Monday, Aug. 10th 2015 at 7:30am-4pm

1416 Highland Avenue

Cinnaminson, NJ

Riverton Country Club

Save the date! More information to come!

2ndFloor.org Youth Helpline

In NJ, youth have an anonymous and confidential helpline to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-888-222-2228 to speak with someone who will listen attentively and compassionately to any issues you are facing.

ANY CALL, ANY TIME - we are always here and ready to help.


New Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures:

In the event of a campus emergency or inclement weather, staff members will be contacted via email, phone message, and text message. In addition, we will post a Special Alert Message on our website.

Staff Members, Help us Contact You.

Have you moved? Have you changed your phone number or email address? Please make sure to update your information with BCSSSD Personnel. A TEST Emergency Notification Message was sent on November 19, to ensure everyone's information is up-to-date and you will receive our future notifications.

Students will be contacted using information stored in Genesis, our electronic student database. Parents should be reminded to ensure their contact information is up-to-date. Any changes should be reported to the main office of the student's school.