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MCVTS Adult School graduations climax a challenging year

MCVTS Adult School graduations climax a challenging year

Adult education classes of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools ended an unusual academic year with graduations for the licensed practical nurse and cosmetology programs and the apprentice programs for electricians and plumbers.

“Despite the pandemic, we completed an extremely successful year for all our adult students,” said Dawn Lystad, MCVTS director of adult education. All of our instructors, staff and students deserve credit for their hard work.”

Most classes were held online at the start of the school year, but had returned to in-person learning by the end of the year, Lystad said.

The LPN graduation on the Piscataway Campus in June was the first held in-person and indoors by MCVTS since the start of the pandemic lockdown.

Twenty-three students received diplomas from MCVTS Board of Education Vice President Laura Czarneski. Also presiding were Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Bicsko and Lystad.

Yvonne Awuor of New Brunswick and Clariss Fluornoy of North Brunswick were inductees into the National Technical Honor Society. David Quinlan of Metuchen spoke as class representative.

Sixteen LPN students had graduated via a video presentation in February.

The year-long cosmetology program, held on both the East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses, graduated 37 students. The graduates had a 100 percent passing rate of the state Board of Cosmetology exam, Lystad said.

Forty-three budding electricians and 17 plumbers graduated from the MCVTS apprenticeship program, which consists for four to five years of technical instruction, as well as on-the-job training.

“This was the largest number of apprenticeship graduates we ever had,” Lystad said.

The 10-month certificate program saw 28 plumbing, electrical and HVAC students complete their full-time classes and receive OSHA certification for the construction industry.

The MCVTS Adult School offers daytime programs in practical nursing and cosmetology.  Additional offerings include programs in electrical technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; and plumbing technology, as well as apprentice training in business and office occupations, construction trades and manufacturing industries, and customized training that can be developed to meet the needs of employers.