Sweeney Tours Trades Program at Gateway Regional High School

Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured the trades program at Gateway Regional High School in Deptford Township today. He emphasized the importance of alternative educational opportunities for students and how programs like these help spur economic growth in New Jersey.

“College isn’t for everyone and programs like this help students gain the skills needed to follow alternative career paths,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “There is a skills gap in New Jersey and by giving high school students the opportunity to gain real experience with hands-on guidance we can both close this gap as well as set them up for real success in the future. Being an iron worker, I know what a life changing difference it is to learn a skilled trade and I am proud we are able offer it to students right here in Deptford.”

Through an integrated system of career guidance, curriculum support, early college, career technical education, internships, and certifications Gateway Regional High School’s trades program, “Gateway 2 Careers” is a comprehensive approach to developing career pathways, and making school more relevant for high school students.

“The trades program aims to train the next generation of skilled workers in New Jersey, and I am grateful that the Senate President understands how crucial this is,” said Brian Dericks, Supervisor of Secondary Education & Career Technical Education Supervisor at Gateway Regional High School. “Students see the career opportunities present in skilled labor and are working hard every day to make sure they are ready to jump into the industry. None of that would be possible without the Gateway 2 Careers program.”

By joining with colleges, community organizations, and businesses the Gateway 2 Careers program provides a variety of options and opportunities for students to further define, try out, and advance in career pathways of their choice.