Bridgewater , N.J. – The Somerset County Educational Services Commission (SCESC) will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m.to celebrate the construction of The Career Center of the SCESC in Bridgewater. The state-of-the-art contemporary building will house two new career programs for Special Education students in grades 9 – 12. These forward-thinking programs will prepare graduates for careers in retail and small engine technology by teaching them the skills needed for an increasingly competitive workplace. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 7 Finderne Avenue.
The new Career Center of the SCESC will house ShopRite’s award winningSupermarket Careers program and training store, and the Power Equipment &Small Engine Technology program, a proven curriculum taught by Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools. The SCESC will operate both programs in partnership with ShopRite and Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools when the 16,300-square-foot career center is complete.
Students enrolled in ShopRite’s Supermarket Careers program will train for entry-level supermarket and retail positions by working in a supermarket environment modeled on a ShopRite store. ShopRite’s Supermarket Careers Program is a nationally recognized comprehensive program that trains students to work in supermarket departments such as checkout, produce, deli, bakery and grocery. Students staff and shop the school store.
Students enrolled in the Power Equipment & Small Engine Technology will learn how to repair and maintain equipment powered by small displacement engines. Students gain hands-on experience working with engines, tractors, generators, and motorcycles.
“All children are entitled to a good education and the opportunity for fulfilling work,” said Harold Dunsavage, Superintendent of the SCESC. “The new Career Center will level the playing field and give students who meet the criteria a chance to gain the skills and education to begin a career after graduation.”
The new center will be available to students in surrounding districts. Programs offered at The Career Center are shared services for Somerset County, which consolidates costs and provides services that other districts may not be able to afford on their own.
About The SCESC
SCESC is a public educational agency, established under New Jersey Statute Title 18A, that serves as the catalyst for cooperative education, administration, and financing. SCESC implements programs and provides services which are not within financial reason for an individual district or school.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $33 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $26 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.