Hunterdon County Polytech FCCLA Student and Teacher Achievements

Student Adriana Pasquale and her instructor Ms. Natalie Guarino from Hunterdon County Polytech have something to be happy about. Both of them have been recognized by FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) for their achievements. Adriana was elected as NJ’s FCCLA Vice President of Public Relations and Communications. She is a student in Polytech’s Early Childhood Education Program and the first student from the district to serve as a NJ State FCCLA official. She was selected based on the results of an exam and a panel interview consisting of alumni and the State Advisor.  “I am honored to be the first Polytech student that is serving on the NJ’s FCCLA State Chapter and looking forward to this new journey of leading my peers, chapter and state association”, said Adriana. As the State VP, Adriana will be very busy as she will be responsible for preparing official correspondences, maintaining and updating the state FCCLA website and implementing and promoting state public relations efforts. She will also oversee the publishing and distributing of the state newsletter, New Directions, and interfacing with school, state, and national media.

Instructor, Ms. Guarino is just as thrilled. She teaches the education programs at Polytech and is the FCCLA Chapter Advisor for the district. Out of 5,500 Chapter Advisors in the US, Ms. Guarino will be receiving the 2015 FCCLA Master Advisor Award that will be presented at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this July. This award is given to an outstanding member that consistently demonstrates a devotion and commitment to the association and their members. Ms. Guarino stated, “It is a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful organization for future leaders and I am thankful to share my passion and love for teaching with my students and future teachers”.

The FCCLA is a student run leadership organization that promotes growth and leadership through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Students enrolled in Polytech’s Early Childhood Education and Teacher Academy programs are members of FCCLA and are actively engaged in the organizations student activities including State competitions where this past month, sixteen students competed and won. They are now qualified to attend the national competitions in July.

Polytech offers two education programs that include FCCLA participation; Early Childhood Education and the Teaching Academy Programs. The Early Childhood Education program provides students the opportunity to learn about early childhood education in a clinical setting with 3 to 5 year old preschool children, throughout the school year.  The curriculum is based on a professional credential and gives students the ability to earn seminar hours towards the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

The Teacher Academy program is exclusive to high school seniors who want to pursue a college degree and career in the field of education.  The program is designed to give students hands-on experience throughout the year with internships at participating elementary school districts in the county.  Our goal is to ensure that students gain an understanding of the educational world and the occupations available to them.  If you would like more information about our Education Programs visit www.hcpolytech.org, email,nguarino@hcpolytech.orgor call 908-788-1119, ext. 2015.