Technical education is needed to create tomorrow’s essential workers and leaders | Opinion

By Todd Bonsall

Each generation strives to make its mark. As an educator, I am especially encouraged by the passion and determination of today’s youth to be part of something greater than themselves. This drive was magnified as the pandemic unfolded over the spring semester. Our students at Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) not only impressed me through efforts to collect PPE and to make “thank you” bags for frontline workers but through conversations with staff and each other about leveraging their education to make a more sustainable, lasting impact on our nation and beyond. This should encourage all of us about the future.

These bright, motivated young people seek educational experiences that enable them to connect with similarly minded peers while offering opportunities to make a difference through research, health care, education, public service and more. They are looking for pathways to bring about great change and the

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