The Bergen Volunteer Center is excited to announce our launch of the newest TeenLEADS program, Applied Technology High School (ATHS) TeenLEADS. This high school program, located on the Paramus Campus of Bergen Community College, provides students a unique educational experience through a blend of academic high school curriculum, college classes, and hands-on technical training. With a curriculum that is centered on “smart machines,” students will learn to apply math, science, and technology to hands-on projects in the fields of automation, electronics, and advanced manufacturing. Through this program, students will learn essential skills needed to pursue a career in a wide variety of areas including engineering technology. This training will be coupled with the dual enrollment coursework needed to allow students to earn advanced standing into several technical associates programs at the college, including an A.A.S. program in General Engineering Technology. Associates degrees earned at Bergen Community College are transferable to all four-year public colleges and universities in New Jersey.
“ATHS TeenLEADS will give our students an opportunity to explore their community and civic engagement as an exciting addition to their academic programs. The students that are participating in this school year-long exploration have chosen to do so as a club,” stated teacher and program advisor Gebhardt Zurburg. Debbie Emery, Director of Community and Youth Engagement for the Bergen Volunteer Center added, “This is going to be a terrific opportunity for students to look at Bergen County- based issues, including law and public safety, environment, healthcare, and government.”
Teen LEADS is a leadership program for high school students to learn about local government and public policy. Students analyze community issues and develop new approaches to problem solving. The program is designed to get students excited about public policy and how their community is governed. At the completion of the program, students will have developed the tools needed to affect change in their community and transform lives. To find out more about this program, contact Debbie Emery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-489-9454, x202.