Students completing their 6-month internships held a thank you breakfast for their employer sponsors. After giving a presentation about their internship, students presented each employer sponsor with a thank you recognition award for making such a difference in their lives. The internship program is part of the Gateway To Careers program. For a complete description of the event, go to this South Jersey Times article:
12 amazing young ladies from Gateway attended the Women in STEM Fair at Rowan College Gloucester County (RCGC). This fair is sponsored by Johnson Matthey, ExxonMobil, Paulsboro Refining Company, Zodiac Aerospace, American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Rowan and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. in order to encourage girls to enter fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our students were divided into small groups where they combined with girls from 10 other schools in Gloucester County. These groups then attended 3 different workshops ranging on a variety of topics in STEM. A few of the workshops were: Nuclear Medicine is Hot, Hot, Hot (they learned about MRI and used a Geiger Counter to find radioactive materials); See What You're Made of: DNA Extraction Workshop (they extracted their own DNA from their spit, caused it to reproduced and then they were able to save it in a necklace!!); Color, Candy and Chemistry (exploring colors in fireworks and Skittles); The Physics of Angry Birds (calculating and predicting where the birds will land); Mixing it Up! (using physical and chemical properties, separating mixtures): plus many more. The fair ended with the Gateway ladies in a friendly competition to build the highest tower made of marshmallows and toothpicks. Our team had a 14 in and 16 in tower - the winner was 26 inches high! The girls were a little apprehensive at first, but they all had a great day!! They now want to go to another one at Rutgers!!
On Friday, February 10th members from Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) Skills USA program came to Gateway to visit with our 8th grade students. While here, GCIT presented an overview of all of their academy and full day career programs outlining skills students need to learn for each career area. Following the general meeting, Gateway students were broken up into small groups to circulate around the GCIT students. Within these smaller groups, the GCIT students demonstrated specific techniques and equipment utilized in their chosen career pathway.