FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

UNION COUNTY HOSTS GREEN BOOT CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

 

Elizabeth, NJ – The Green Boot Camp, an unprecedented opportunity to get the latest training in green educational topics, is available free of charge to Union County middle school teachers thanks to a grant from the Honeywell Corporation.  The program will be hosted by the Union County Vo-Tech Schools, supported by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“I hope that every school district in Union County participates in this unique program,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “The knowledge gained by just a few educators can ripple out and touch thousands of children and families in every community.”

The Green Boot Camp is an intensive five-day, hands-on interactive program designed to help educators get the latest information on teaching green and sustainable concepts to middle school students.

“This partnership between the Honeywell Corporation and Union County Vo-Tech shows that a grants program can make a crucial difference in bringing our school curriculums up to date,” said Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, Superintendent of the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools.

The program will use the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus as a hands-on working laboratory, where teachers can explore interactive projects such as designing and building a wind turbine and a solar house.  The program also includes the latest computer-based technologies for teaching a green curriculum.

The program is scheduled for July 13-17, on the Union County Vo-Tech campus in Scotch Plains.  It is offered free of charge, and includes a modest stipend as well as credit for professional development.  Each school district in Union County has the opportunity to select one educator to attend.

For more information contact Dr. Thomas Bistocchi, Superintendent, Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, 908-889-8288 or tbistocchi@ucvts.tec.nj.us.