The State Board of Education today recognized 48 outstanding vocational education students who participate in vocational student organizations (VSOs) and who have attained the highest honor in competing at the national level in their organization. The board held a special recognition ceremony for the students and their families, as well as representatives of their schools, in the Performing Arts Center (main theater) of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, Monmouth County.
"Vocational student organizations are an integral part of vocational education and provide students with opportunities to enhance their occupational, employment and leadership skills," said State Board President Maud Dahme. "We are pleased to take this occasion to highlight their well-deserved accomplishments."
Before the ceremony, the State Board held its monthly work session at the Monmouth County Vocational High Technology High School. During that time, it heard directly from students and honored those who have received national recognition.
More than 33,000 students in New Jersey were members of VSOs during the 2000-01 school year. Students from middle schools, comprehensive high schools, vocational schools and post secondary institutions have participated in activities at the local, state and national levels of these organizations.
New Jerseys vocational student organizations include: