Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. (standing, sixth from left) congratulates students from the Essex County Schools of Technology District (ECST). Graduates from Donald Payne School of Technology, Newark Tech and West Caldwell School of Technology) have been accepted into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. The students and the schools they will be attending this fall are (seated from left): Donald Payne School of Technology students Michelle Ofosu-Morrison – Amherst College, Chelsy Bunay – University of Pennsylvania, Kylee Lopez – Colgate University, Samiyah McGrady – Brown University and Alicia Augustin – University of Pennsylvania; West Caldwell School of Technology student Omar Serrano – attending Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology; and Newark Tech students Jasmine Guailasca and Trakeem Chin, both attending the University of Pennsylvania. Not pictured is Newark Tech student Vanessa Iwuoho – Harvard University.
The ECST offer a full-service educational program meeting the needs of regular education students, special education students, those with Limited English Proficiency and adult learners who attend evening programs. More than 80% of the ECST graduates pursue a post-secondary school education in a two or four-year college.
With the County Executive are (standing from left) Supervisor of Student Related Services Trish Schaffer, Director of Student Related Services Dr. Patricia Clark-Jeter, Business Administrator Bernetta Davis, Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff William Payne, Schools of Technology Superintendent Dr. James Pedersen, Assistant Superintendent Dicxiana Carbonell, Payne Tech Vice Principal Emily Bonilla, West Caldwell Tech Principal Ayisha Ingram-Robinson, Payne Tech Principal Eric Love, Newark Tech Principal Carmen Morales and Newark Tech Vice Principal Jenabu Williams.