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

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

In this photo (left to right): 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

Pennington, NJ - October 19, 2017: The Mercer County Technical School District's General Advisory Committee named the U.S. Army it's 2017 Business Partner of the Year.

The U.S. Army was selected for its commitment to mentoring Mercer County Technical School students in all career and technical education areas. The U.S. Army has provided unique training intended to physically and mentally challenge students with the goal of building lifelong leadership skills.

In addition, an unprecedented three-way partnership between the U.S. Army, the New Jersey School Boards Association and the Mercer County Technical School District has resulted in a brand new "MRE Challenge" cooking competition for culinary arts students. The "MRE Challenge" is a competition where students use meals-ready-to-eat (MRE) as the ingredients for a more desirable culinary outcome. Students can use water and a heat source to create the meal. Piloted at the Mercer County Technical School District last year, this new competition gained the attention of the New Jersey SkillsUSA chapter, a co-curricular student organization, who has introduced the MRE Challenge as a new state-wide competition.

"The U.S. Army, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion is extremely honored to be recognized as Business Partner of the Year. Through our partnership with NJSBA, we have been able to greatly expand our access to schools throughout the state of New Jersey. The Mercer County Technical School District has truly supported our initiatives and understands that the U.S. Army's focus in the community is to support education and develop leadership skills, as well as present students with the opportunities that military service provides," said Michael Halloran, Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion.

The Mercer County Technical School District's General Advisory Committee honors one organization or business annually.  The General Advisory Committee is chaired by Scott Clemmensen, Vice President of Human Resources at Capital Health. More than 65 professionals from local businesses and organizations such as KNF Neuberger, Inc. and Wegmans make up the Mercer County Technical School District's General Advisory Committee.

To learn more about programs offered at Mercer County Technical Schools, contact Lori Perlow at LPerlow@mcts.edu or visit www.mcts.edu.

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