Welcome to the Monmouth County Career Center!

The Career Center is a shared-time basis program.

  • Upon entering the Career Center, students take part in an “exploration” program. Students attend the morning session and are placed in four different vocational areas, one per marking period.
  • Usually the year after exploration, upon receiving a teacher recommendation, students are placed in a training program. They attend the afternoon session, stay in one shop all year, and receive more specialized training in a specific vocational training area that will hopefully lead to further education or entry-level employment.
  • Students return to home schools for academic instruction and participation in extracurricular activities.
  • School to Work staff members assist Career Center students in finding employment in their Junior and Senior years.
  • All training hopefully leads to an opportunity for employment.

Monmouth County Vocational School District website

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April 2, 2020

Good evening Career Center Community,

I hope this update finds you well and you are making the best of this unprecedented situation. First and foremost, I want to commend and thank all the parents, guardians and extended family for all your effort in encouraging and facilitating your child's participation in their Career Center Remote Learning Plan.

Due to the extended school closure as a result of COVID-19, the Career Center must make some additional adjustments to the manner in which it operates.

The following applies only to AM/Exploratory students who attend the 7:30-10:20 session at the Career Center.

During a typical school year at the Career Center, the students in the AM/Exploratory session complete four different vocational programs, one for each marking period. The purpose of the AM/Exploratory session is to expose students to various trade pathways in a hands-ons classroom environment, assessing student interest, performance and safety. At the end of each marking period, students are either recommended or not recommended to advance to the PM/Training session.

Due to the nature of Remote Learning for a vocational school, this process is no longer appropriate because instructors cannot adequately perform those functions. Additionally, a course change for students, parents and teachers during Remote Learning would likely cause unnecessary confusion, frustration and stress in an already challenging situation.

Therefore, all AM/Exploratory students who attend the 7:30-10:20 session at the Career Center will remain in their 3rd marking period vocational program and not rotate into a different vocational program at the beginning of the 4th marking period on April 7, 2020.

The 4th marking period curriculum for the AM/Exploratory students will be composed of the following two components:

  1. An expansion in the scope of the core competencies covered during the 3rd marking period.
  2. In addition to completing all 4th marking period assignments, projects and tasks, students will have the opportunity to improve their 3rd marking period grade by completing incomplete 3rd marking period assignments, projects, and tasks.

Student recommendations for the 3rd marking period will not be posted on PowerSchool until the end of the 4th marking period.

Beginning April 6, 2020 and until May 11, 2020, the following contact points are to be followed. For questions or concerns, please contact your child's appropriate CC staff personnel:

Students with last names starting with:

A-F, L & M

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Andrea Critchley; acritchley@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Kellie Salce; (732) 431-3773 ext 1235

G-K, N, O & P

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Maureen Nettis; mnettis@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Jennifer Csontos; (732) 431-3773 ext 1236

S-Z, Q & R

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Lisa Franciosi; lifranciosi@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Christine Gouker; (732) 431-3773 ext 1248

Thank you and please take care of yourselves and your families.


Nathan Kraemer

Career Center Principal

March 23, 2020

A message from the MCVSD Superintendent Mr. Timothy M. McCorkell:

Dear MCVSD Community:

I hope this message finds all of you safe and healthy in these very difficult times. At the direction of the New Jersey Department of Education, Monmouth County Vocational School District was tasked with developing a remote learning preparedness plan. This plan was to be executed if it became necessary to close schools for health and safety reasons.

I want to commend the administrators and teaching staff who worked so diligently to create and then operationalize this plan in a matter of days. They took a public education model that had existed for well over 200 years, and re-cast into a functional virtual model. It was an impossible task yet it was accomplished thanks to their dedication. The remote instructional plan is being implemented; students are "attending" and advancing their learning online.

On Friday, March 13, after consultation with the Department of Education and Health Department, I took the precautionary step to close schools for the purpose of remote learning through Friday, March 27,2020. On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Murphy ordered that all public, parochial and private schools be closed until it is deemed safe for re-opening. Since this order supersedes my March 13 directive, all Monmouth County vocational schools will remain closed until further guidance from the Governor. In addition, in support of Governor Murphy's "stay-at-home" Executive Order No. 107, all MCVSD campus locations will be closed to non-essential district employees.

I want to take a moment to thank all of the students, parents, teachers, support staff and administrators for the level of cooperation, concern and resilience demonstrated over the past weeks. This situation is unprecedented, but by working together we will all get through it.

I encourage parents to continue to check our district website at www.mcvsd.org for updates. Contact phone numbers are listed on our site for parents to contact staff to address any concerns.

Please know that I will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available to the district.

Sincerely, Timothy M. McCorkell, Superintendent

March 22, 2020

Good afternoon Career Center Community,

I hope this update finds you well and you are adjusting to all the recent changes in our lives. This past week has been a whirlwind for your children, yourselves, and schools.

As events unfolded last week and culminated with Governor Murphy's announcement on Saturday, March 21, school closures may extend beyond March 27. Therefore, your child will be engaging in their Career Center Remote Learning program until such time as determined by State or County officials. In these uncertain times and especially now in this new world of Remote Learning, my goal is to retain and continue as much normalcy and routine your child would otherwise be experiencing if attending the Career Center. School policies may require some adaptation. However, student expectations as it applies to attendance and participation in their program will remain the same.

On a typical day, your child attends the Career Center from 7:30-10:20 or 11:30-2:15. In order to maintain an established routine, your child’s participation in their Remote Learning Plan will center around the time your child would normally be physically attending the Career Center.

REMOTE LEARNING ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE

Teachers will record attendance each day during Remote Learning.

Students who attend the AM/Exploratory Session (7:30-10:20) will be required to contact their Vocational program instructors (not the CTESA teachers) between 7:30 am - 10:20 am in order to be marked in attendance.

Students who attend the PM/Training Session (11:30-2:15) will be required to contact their Vocational program instructors (not the CTESA teachers) between 11:30 am - 2:15 pm in order to be marked in attendance.

Students can reach their Vocational program instructors via email or Google classroom. Email addresses can be located under the Staff Directory on the left hand side of this page. Additionally, you may call the Career Center at (732) 431-3773 to leave a voicemail with one of the four secretaries. Please leave a clear and detailed message and include your child’s name, vocational program and nature of your call so your needs can be met by the appropriate staff. Secretaries will be monitoring voicemails from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Students will be listed as Unexcused if they do not check-in within the above times, depending on their program session. In the event the student or parent/guardian contacts their respective vocational instructor or secretary after the prescribed time, the Unexcused absence may be changed to an Excused absence, depending upon the circumstances.

A One Call will be sent twice a day. One at approximately 11:00 am for the Exploratory (AM) session and another at approximately 3:00 pm for the Training (PM) session.

The Career Center student Attendance Policy on pages 7-12 of the Student Handbook will apply during the Remote Learning period.

For the duration of Remote Learning, please use the following contact points to communicate Remote Learning attendance concerns or issues:

Students with last names starting with:

A-F

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Andrea Critchley; acritchley@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Kellie Salce; (732) 431-3773 ext 1235

G-K

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Maureen Nettis; mnettis@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Jennifer Csontos; (732) 431-3773 ext 1236

L-R

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Nancy Brady-Desiderio; nbrady-desiderio@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Davina Silk-Gill; (732) 431-3773 ext 1234

S-Z

Support Staff Contact: Ms. Lisa Franciosi; lifranciosi@ctemc.org

Secretary Contact: Ms. Christine Gouker; (732) 431-3773 ext 1248

REMOTE LEARNING WORKLOAD

As the Principal of a vocational school, I am clearly aware of the challenge in replicating the hands-on learning experiences in Remote Learning that your child would experience attending the Career Center. However, I may be biased, but the Career Center has the most exceptional teachers in the State and they will be providing your child an excellent Remote Learning experience. Similar to attendance, the student workload during Remote Learning will function in much the same way.

In either session, Exploratory (AM) or Training (PM), your child’s week consists of the following: four days (2 hours per day) in their vocational program or as your child calls it, Shop; and one day (2 hours per week) in CTE Supplemental Academics (CTESA) or as your child calls it, Related. Again, in order to maintain an established routine, yet be flexible, the following guidelines will be implemented for completing the Remote Learning workload.

Vocational/Shop

Shop teachers will provide approximately 8 hours of Remote Learning instruction, activities, assignments, projects and tasks to be completed each week. Students should not be spending more than 8 hours per week engaging in the Shop component of their Remote Learning Plan.

Students will be expected to adhere to the posted due dates. Additionally, there may be times when Shop teachers assign digital meetings, such as Google Meet, in which your child needs to attend and participate. Digital meetings will only be scheduled during the time your child would be attending their program (AM or PM). Shop teachers will schedule those Remote Learning experiences with their students as necessary. All work assigned by Shop teachers must be completed by the assigned due date.

CTESA/Related

Related teachers will provide approximately 2 hours of Remote Learning instruction, activities, assignments, projects and tasks to be completed each week. Students should not be spending more than 2 hours per week engaging in the Related component of their Remote Learning Plan.

Students will be expected to complete all Related work by Friday of each week. The Exploratory (AM) student deadline is 10:20 am and the Training (PM) student deadline is 2:15 pm. Additionally, there may be times when Related teachers assign digital meetings, such as Google Meet, in which your child needs to attend and participate. Digital meetings will only be scheduled during the time your child would be attending their program (AM or PM). Related teachers will schedule those Remote Learning experiences with their students as necessary.

The Career Center student Grading Policy on pages 18-19 of the Student Handbook will apply during the Remote Learning period.

SUPPORT STAFF/COUNSELING

Support Staff/Counseling services will still be available remotely. Please contact the Career Center Social Worker, Mr. Christopher Principato at cprincipato@ctemc.org, in the event you need support with a mental health or behavioral issue. Please email Mr. Principato to setup a time/date to speak, request a resource for a specific need, or to address Remote Learning concerns and issues. Emailing Mr. Principato should strictly be used for the reasons above. Please note that Mr. Principato will regularly monitor emails between 7:30 am – 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Emails received after 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday, may not be addressed until the next business day.

In the event your child is experiencing a mental/behavioral health emergency, please contact 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room. Additionally, below are several hotlines/emergency services that can be accessed at your discretion.

These services are as follows:

Performcare – 1-877-652-7624 – Open 24/7 and has the ability to link youth/families to mental/behavioral health services. Furthermore, Performcare has the ability to dispatch in-home services and provide crisis intervention.

2nd Floor – 1-888-222-2228 – This is a youth helpline that operates 24/7 and can be accessed via text or talk.

NJ Hopeline – 1-855-654-6735 – This is a 24/7 service that provides telephone counseling and support.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 – This is a 24/7 crisis hotline to help those in need.

Finally, as both a parent and educator, I sincerely sympathize and understand the impact the school closure is having on your life and the lives of your children. We have been thrust into a lifestyle that none of us anticipated nor were quite prepared for. With that being said, I will make every effort to work with you, your child and your home school to make this Remote Learning experience as successful as possible.

However, please understand that the school closure is not a “vacation” and needs to be taken seriously. Absences can accumulate, incomplete work can result in failing grades and both excessive absences and failing grades may jeopardize your child’s placement at the Career Center.


Thank you

Nathan Kraemer

March 18, 2020

As we enter day 3 of the Remote Learning, it seems as though some challenges have been resolved while others remain and are being addressed. The focus right now is to ensure all Career Center students are able to reach their respective teachers and counselors via email, Google Classroom or some other digital method. For those students requiring paper/pencil packets, we are checking with the Home Schools to see what remote capabilities they are providing students so they too can engage in the digital Remote Learning Plan. Be sure to keep checking the website for updates, both the MCVSD and Career Center websites. Also please call the Career Center office between 8 am and 12 pm to speak with a person and seek assistance 732 431 3773. Otherwise, leave a voice mail and someone will take care of your needs. Lastly, the Staff Directory tab to your left is the most effective way to directly communicate with your child's instructors and counselors.

Please take care and be well.

March 17, 2020

If you are in need of technical assistance in Remote Learning, please contact your child's Home School IT department or leave a message on the MCVSD support line 848-207-4044 and someone will call you back as soon as able.

March 16, 2020

The Career Center will be staffed with a secretary from 8 am until 12 pm Monday through Friday during the school closure. However, this may be subject to change. In the event you need to reach someone, call during those hours and you will be able to speak with someone. If you call before or after those hours, please leave a detailed message and we will return your call as soon as possible.


March 15, 2020

Dear Career Center families,

As noted on the MCVSD District website, the Career Center will be closed from March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020.

Students will begin engaging in their Remote Learning Plans on Monday, March 16th. In anticipation of the closing, students have been given the necessary information from their instructors to participate in their Remote Learning Plan.

Participation and attendance is mandatory. In order to be listed as in attendance, your child must make contact via email or Google classroom with their instructor(s) by 2:30 pm each day. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. A One Call will go out each day at 3:00 pm notifying parent/guardians that your child did not check in with their teacher that day.

Additionally, please impress upon your child that the assigned activities and lessons are mandatory and will be calculated into your child’s marking period grade.

Lastly, if you need to reach any of the Career Center staff, use the Staff Directory tab on the left side of the screen to reach the appropriate person.

I will be periodically making updates to inform the Career Center community as to how the District is moving forward so please check the website frequently.

Thank you

Nathan Kraemer