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  • Building A Better Future:
    UCVTS Collaborates with Habitat For Humanity

    Have you ever wondered what you’re going to leave in this world, what you will contribute? Well, some students in UC Tech’s construction programs do not have to think about that as hard. They are already making an impact by joining together with Habitat for Humanity to build a house.

    For those that don’t know, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that helps build or renovate houses for people who are either homeless or in less-than-decent housing. The organization also helps people who have been in natural disasters or other setbacks. Habitat for Humanity has been building simple, affordable housing since 1975 and is currently the 15th largest builder in America. They help so many people without discriminating against different races, ethnicities, religions, etc.

    District Superintendent, Mr. Peter Capodice was very excited when the district teamed up with Habitat for Humanity again this school year. According to Mr. Capodice, “I was thrilled when I heard that Mr. Knittel and Mr. Megaro were getting their students involved with Habitat for Humanity in Plainfield. This project not only provides their students with hands on activities but also benefits the surrounding community!”

    UC Tech’s construction teachers, Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro (who have been working here at UCVTS for over 25 years and teamed up with Habitat back in 1993), explained that the Carpentry/Building Services and Building Trades/Green Construction classes have joined up to construct panels for a three bedroom, two bath house for the Plainfield Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. When asked about the students involved, they replied, “Many of the shared time and full time students are interested in eventually being general contractors in the future. Some are planning to attend college with career choices in architecture and civil engineering. This project has introduced them to blueprint reading, material estimating, framing and many other components of construction.” The students have built ten exterior walls and are working on the interior walls of the first floor of the structure.

    Kaylynn Staba, a senior in the construction program who is also working on the house, spoke enthusiastically about the project. According to Kaylynn, the house will be going to a family who lost their own home during Hurricane Sandy. When asked about how it felt to be a part of the project, she answered, “I like being part of this. It was fun and a good learning experience for myself and everyone else. It makes me feel good to help people by doing something like this.” The construction program will continue working with Habitat For Humanity.

    For more information on the construction program, please visit the program page, or the teachers’ home pages Mr.Knittel and Mr.Megaro.
    For more information on Habitat For Humanity, click here.

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  • UCVTS FBLA Wins at NLC in Chicago
    We are all incredibly proud of each of the 31 students and 3 advisor's who have just returned from Chicago after representing UCVTS at the national level in a series of Future Business Leaders of America competitions.
    We are excited to report that UCVTS now boasts the following national recognitions from the 2015 event:

    Business Plan 4th Place
    Sarah Dilorio and Yuji Sugimoto of MHS

    Help Desk 3rd Place
    Oz Bejerano of AIT
    Management Informationa Systems 10th Place
    Sean Li, Anuj Modi, and Mykhalo Petrovskyy of AIT

    Mobile Applications 4th Place
    Saran Mumick and Tyler Wu of AIT

    UCVTS FBLA has become one of the top NJ Chapters at the National level. We are very proud of all of our competitors and look forward to another competition season in 2015-2016!
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