MECHATRONICS, ENGINEERING AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROGRAM OFF & RUNNING AT SCVTHS
(l-r): Mark Yagual-Bound Brook; Instructor Barry Savar, Malachi Brockman-Green Brook; Kaya Kennette-Hillsborough; Bercymaryam Zuniga-Bridgewater; Anabella Jaime-Manville; Alejandro Valle-S. Bound Brook; David Bilia-Bridgewater, Stephen Demcher-S. Bound Brook; Nolan Patel of Somerset; Instructor Dave Roper, Aidan Vostrovsky-Branchburg; Malachi Melli-Bridgewater; William Smith-Somerset; Kenneth Quizon-Somerset; and SCVTHS MEAM Instructor Dan Dalfonzo.
New this school year to Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School is the Career and Technical Program entitled Mechatronics, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (MEAM).
“We are already finished with the first marking period of our inaugural year and I’m excited to say that it’s been a great success,” said MEAM Instructor Dan Dalfonzo. “On the Mechatronics end, our students have a solid foundation on robot construction and have just begun to tap into their coding skills. Students are seeing the same level of success in Advanced Manufacturing, where they have passed their OSHA-10 test and have learned the basics of operating the bench grinder and bandsaw.”
In addition to the new MEAM Program, an Engineering & Robotics Club was also created. Mr. Dalfonzo has worked hard to create a partnership with EnablingTheFuture.org through which SCVTHS students are preparing to become providers of free high quality prosthetics for anyone in need. “We are super excited for this wonderful opportunity to provide our students with industry relevant engineering and manufacturing skills while fostering an understanding that engineering and technology can be used for the betterment of humankind,” said Mr. Dalfonzo.
"This partnership Program with Raritan Valley Community College is one example of state and local funds being leveraged to promote relevant and viable career pathways for high school students,” said SCVTHS Superintendent Dr. Chrys Harttraft. “It demonstrates the value of providing stackable industry credentials with college credits to enhance post-secondary pursuits and subsequent employment options in the STEM fields."
“The MEAM Program is a huge benefit to many of the employers in New Jersey. This Program is clearly what the Department of Labor had in mind as part of the Workforce Development Program,” added Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools Board of Education President William G. Hyncik, Jr.
Mr. Dalfonzo summarized his thoughts on the future by saying, “I see our MEAM Program evolving into a magnet Program for Somerset and Hunterdon counties where young people learn the skills to be successful in industry while also preparing for higher education in the STEM fields. A primary reason I am so proud to be part of the MEAM Program is that our graduates will be prepared to enter Mechatronics or advanced manufacturing fields in any capacity they choose.”
The MEAM Program is funded by the County Vocational School District Partnership Grant through the New Jersey Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education. For more information, visit the MEAM program website at: www.scvths.org/MEAM
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