Career Day at ACIT

Atlantic County Institute of Technology graduates from left: Zachary Friedman, of Egg Harbor Twp., Jay Mastalski, of Mays Landing, and Brandon Santos, of Pleasantville, discuss the real world of automotive repair to current students in the program during Career Day at the Mays Landing school.

Michael Ein / Staff Photographer

A local automotive shop owner was among those honored recently by county vocational schools as 2017 business partners of the year.

Atlantic County Institute of Technology recognized Jeff Walker, owner of Walker’s Automotive Service in Pleasantville, who has served on the ACIT Advisory Board and Craft Committee for 27 years.

“Thanks to Mr. Walker, our students get real-world experiences and develop the skills necessary to be successful in the automotive industry,” said ACIT Principal Joseph Potkay.

Walker assists with curriculum revisions, provides ongoing professional development to staff and students, and has made many recommendations for equipment purchases and upgrades to the ACIT automotive shop.

Walker has hired many ACIT graduates and continues to act as their mentor as they grow in experience as automotive professionals.

New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts each recognize an outstanding business partner annually.

Scott Moffitt, president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools, said the key to successful career and technical education is the active involvement of business and industry representatives.

“Businesses need to create a technically trained workforce for the future. Students need to see real pathways for success in their chosen fields. Bringing the two together in a committed process requires significant effort, and the business partners we honor this year demonstrate that,” Moffitt said.

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