Hudson County's High Tech High School & TEC2000 Students Celebrate Achievements

Hudson County's High Tech High School & TEC2000 Students Celebrate Achievements

School-to-Career Program a 'Win-Win' for Students and Telecommunications Companies

June 5, 2000


Vince Baglivo, DKB and Partners,
(973) 993-5600

Soraya Rodriguez,
(973) 649-2279

NEWARK, N.J. -- Representatives of Bell Atlantic and the Hudson County Schools of Technology today joined families and friends in celebrating the achievements 19 students headed for high-tech careers. The ceremony, also attended by local dignitaries and educators, was held at High Tech High School in North Bergen.

Five of the students graduated today from TEC2000, a Bell Atlantic-sponsored program designed to help schools throughout New Jersey prepare students for careers in the fast-growing telecommunications industry.

Another 13 students at Hudson County's High Tech High School were honored for medals they received in the recent New Jersey 2000 USA-VICA Leadership and Skills competition, which tests the students ability in a range of areas including, web site design, advertising and interviewing skills.

"The diligence and perseverance of our TEC2000 students honorees and VICA award-winners has earned them recognition as some of New Jersey's most talented students," said Frank Gargiulo, superintendent of the Hudson County Schools of Technology. "TEC2000 is a good example of educational institutions and New Jersey's business community working together to train students for meaningful careers in the workforce of the future."

TEC2000 graduates today include Miguel Canchucaja, Harrison; Timothy Fagan, Jersey City; Jeanette Gonzalez, Union City; Daniel Macias, North Bergen; and Daniel Threm, Kearny. High Tech High School students who received medals in the VICA competition were Michael Catacutan, Union; Paulo Gomes, Kearny; Johana Londono, Union City; Julian Naranjo, Weehawken; Clarisse Reyes, Jersey City; Jennifer Van Pelt, Ringwood; Kristopher Baal, Jersey City; Carlos Vinasco, West New York; Veeraj Shah, Jersey City; Sadia Malik, Jersey City; Shushila Etwaru, Jersey City; Leslie Rivera, Jersey City; and Riko Austria, Jersey City.

TEC2000 started in 1994 with 12 students at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River, N.J. There are now TEC2000 centers throughout the state in Warren, Salem, Burlington, Ocean, Morris, Somerset, Mercer, Hudson, Essex, Cumberland, Passaic and Union counties. TEC2000 graduates have been hired by Bell Atlantic, Sprint, AT&T, and several New Jersey cable television companies as well as smaller networking companies.

Peter J. Ventimiglia, Bell Atlantic's vice president for external affairs, said, "TEC2000 is more than a valuable tool for preparing students for careers in the state's booming telecommunications industry. It's also an investment in diversity."

"New Jersey has one of the most diverse populations in the nation. With TEC2000 programs in urban, rural and suburban technical schools statewide, Bell Atlantic is creating opportunities for students across the cultural spectrum and building a workforce that reflects that diversity," he said.

TEC2000 is designed to provide students the basic knowledge and understanding of communications network design, telephone equipment and computer networks, and satellite and wireless communications services. It offers theory and practice in all phases of the industry with career paths leading toward jobs in telecommunications, electronics, data communications, systems test engineering and computer network engineering.

Students in the program work in a hands-on learning lab that includes complete wiring simulations, a "house" and a telephone pole network.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 44 million telephone access lines and more than 20 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.