- Somerset County VoTec
SCVTS ESTABLISHES AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN EDUCATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS
SCVTS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chrys Harttraft (right)
addresses representatives from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office
and Bridgewater Police Department in the school’s Trade Wins Restaurant.
On Wednesday, October 21, Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools hosted a meeting between education and law enforcement officials to solidify an agreement formalizing a process for which schools can consult with law enforcement entities. Representatives from Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Bridgewater Police Department were all in attendance.
The meeting, held at the school’s Trade Wins Restaurant, focused on topics of safety, security, as well as preventative programs and educational initiatives. “Sharing our students' talents over breakfast with our essential members of law enforcement, helped to solidify our ongoing working relationships while providing students with valuable hands-on learning opportunities,” stated SCVTS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chrys Harttraft.
While hosting the meeting, students in the Culinary Arts Program were able to put their skills to work and served breakfast for the guests. Attendees were treated to a breakfast of fresh fruit with a vanilla Greek yogurt drizzle, Craisin and orange scones, mini croissants, quiche with ham, cheddar jack, peppers and onions, baked streusel-topped French toast, made-in-house bacon, maple sausage and breakfast potatoes. With a hybrid schedule being utilized, students who were learning remotely were tasked with working on recipes, designing menus and participated in other activities without being physically present.
During the first event since returning to in-person learning, students were “excited to finally learn the service end of interacting with customers,” said Culinary Arts Instructor Keith Johnson. Beyond normal food safety and sanitation requirements, the Trade Wins Restaurant was transformed so that social distancing and face-covering protocols were able to be enforced.
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SCVTHS Culinary Arts student Juliana Kosik of Branchburg
prepares a dish for the event
(l-r): SCVTHS Culinary Arts students Ja'Nya Mills of Somerville,
Giovanni LaCorte of Branchburg and
SCVTHS Culinary Arts Instructor Mark Mastrobattista
stand ready to serve guests in the school’s Trade Wins Restaurant
(l-r): SCVTHS Culinary Arts Instructor Keith Johnson directs students
in the kitchen, while preparing for the event