FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2009

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

 

UNION COUNTY VO-TECH STUDENT WINS GREEN SCHOLARSHIP
Award funded by the New Jersey Association of Counties and PSE&G

Keith J. Nichols, a graduate of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School, has received a Green Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation and PSE&G. Mr. Nichols plans to pursue a degree in civil engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Keith J. Nichols, a graduate of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School, has received a Green Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation and PSE&G.  Mr. Nichols plans to pursue a degree in civil engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Scotch Plains, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that Keith J. Nichols, a graduate of the Union County Vocational-Technical High School, is among the first to receive the Green Scholarship Award from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Foundation and PSE&G.

“Mr. Nichols has provided high school students throughout Union County with a great example of the opportunities being created by the new green economy,” said Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  “Young people can start to develop a promising career in sustainable technology while still in school.”

While at Vo-Tech High School, Nichols participated in a unique new program that joins pre-apprenticeship and building trades with academic studies.  The program is a partnership between Union County, the Union County Vo-Tech Schools, and the Carpenters Union Local #123.

“With these community partners, the NJAC Foundation, and corporate partners like PSE&G, Union County is building a greener, healthier workforce,” said Dr. Thomas J. Bistocchi, Superintendent of Vo-Tech Schools.  “This recognition of Mr. Nichols’s efforts is greatly appreciated.”

 

“I believe this will help me in the civil engineering field, by knowing both the engineers and the contractors’ point of view,” said Nichols, who plans to attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology for Civil Engineering.

Nichols, a resident of Union Township, received the scholarship based on his school record and his application letter, which detailed his interest in addressing pollution, traffic, water supply, energy, and urban development.

Nichols noted that his birthday is on April 22nd which, fittingly, falls on Earth Day.

For more information on the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, visit www.ucvts.tec.nj.us/ucvts.