Andrew Fabiano of Lebanon to attend Merchant Marine Academy

Andrew Fabiano of Lebanon, N.J., has received a letter of assurance from the Merchant Marine Academy and a congressional nomination from New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance. His acceptance to the Academy is equivalent to a $400,000 scholarship.

Fabiano credits Hunterdon County Polytech’s Career Prep program and his mentor, Assistant Business Administrator Tanya Nalesnik, with introducing him to the idea of the Merchant Marine Academy and guiding him throughout the application process. Nalesnik shared her personal experiences with Fabiano as a retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer.

“The mentoring feature of the Career Prep program has been incredibly helpful to me,” said Fabiano. “Mrs. Nalesnik helped me at every step of the way, from picking classes that would prepare me for an academy setting to conducting mock interviews with me.”

As a junior at Voorhees High School, Fabiano enrolled in Polytech’s Career Prep program. He wanted to begin taking courses at the collegiate level that both interested him and would help prepare him – and his resume – for a military academy. Today, he has completed 12 credits and is currently enrolled to complete another six by the end of the spring semester.

Students can customize their Career Prep plan to include on-campus college work, online instruction, certification courses and other educational experiences. Students who choose to take college courses at Raritan Valley Community College or other approved post-secondary institutions or educational providers are reimbursed for tuition upon successfully completing the courses.

Director of Counseling Services Jennifer Calvelli is the new advisor for Polytech’s Career Prep program. She looks forward to growing the program through increased awareness of its many benefits. “Andrew’s success is a prime example of how Polytech can help students explore their interests, while gaining exposure to college-level coursework, and prepare for success in college and beyond,” said Calvelli.

Students interested in Polytech’s Career Prep program should enroll by March 1 for the 2018-19 school year. Visit and click the “apply here” button on the homepage.