Bill could give College tech education department $500,000


A costumed Student Government Association general body discussed a state bill that could give $500,000 to the technology education department. They also talked about renovations to Cromwell Hall during last week’s Halloween-themed meeting.

“Right now there’s an appropriations bill sitting in no-man’s land in the legislature that could appropriate $500,000 to our technology education department,” said Brian Block, SGA’s vice president of administration and finance and senior political science major. “It’s a bill that directly addresses (the College). … We’re the only state college in New Jersey that has a technology education program.”

Filed in 2007, the bill acknowledges increasing demand for technology teachers in New Jersey.

“The (Technology Educators Association of New Jersey) has estimated that the State will need to add over 500 new technology education teachers within the next five years and over 900 within the next 10 years to maintain the current supply of technology education teachers,” the bill says, which was sponsored by District 38 (Bergen County) assemblywoman Joan Voss and District 30 (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties) assemblyman Joseph Malone III.

The College operates the state’s sole accredited technology education program. The major graduates about 25 students per year and with an additional $500,000 the College could expand its program to meet growing teacher quotas.

“A survey of New Jersey middle and high schools has revealed that approximately 27 percent of current technology education teachers are planning to retire within the next five years and approximately 50 percent are planning to retire within the next 10 years,” the bill states.

The state made technology education part of its core curriculum for K-12 students in 2003.

“My lobbying chair, Tom Little, is organizing some more research and conversations with the Tech Ed (Department) at this time,” said Block. “We will then be crafting a strategy to advocate for this intelligent and focused appropriation.”

The bill will be considered by the 214th legislature this year. The bill can be viewed at

Anthony Czajkowski, SGA representative and senior accounting major, announced that an architecture firm has been chosen to renovate Cromwell Hall, though its contract is pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

A committee comprised of faculty and students selected the Kimmel Bogrette architecture firm of Conshohocken, Pa. to complete the renovations. Kimmel Bogrette completed last year’s renovations of Decker Hall.

The committee will recommend the firm to the Board of Trustees for approval at the Board’s Dec. 7 meeting.

Cromwell Hall, a first-year student residence hall constructed in 1966, will undergo changes between 2012 and 2013. The building’s six-person suites will be converted to double-occupancy rooms and communal bathrooms will replace suite bathrooms.

More information on campus renovations can be found at

The SGA also issued a commendation for Lions’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

“This commendation was to thank Lions’ EMS for all the things they do,” Stephen Kornas, junior biology major, said.

Lions’ EMS was nearly shut down last year following the resignation of advisor Holly Heller, who stepped down because the organization required a licensed EMT supervisor. Student Financial Services billing manager Scott Sferra took over duties as supervisor this year. The organization is in its 12th year of service to the College.

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