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SCCC Board Members attend NJMEP

2/5/2020 4:40:34 PM

A group of 6 men and students stand on a stage.The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) recently hosted its eighth annual – and most successful – Made in New Jersey Manufacturing Day to date, with none other than Sussex County Community College Board of Trustee member, James Hofmann, as its keynote speaker.

In line with the values of Sussex, where hands-on training and passion meet, Hofmann, a STEM teacher at Newton High School, saw this opportunity as the keynote to be a teaching moment. He invited his students from the varsity Newton Robotics team to take part in the presentation.

The students discussed their passion for robotics, and their hope for turning these skills learned in school into careers. The crowd reacted positively to this unique presentation, with reports stating that hearing from students gave industry professionals renewed optimism for the future. A robot engineered by the team then took center stage as the Robotics Team demonstrated its abilities.

Hofmann was not the only Sussex County Community College representative at the event, however.

Thorlabs, Inc., an integrated photonics manufacturer that teams with Sussex to provide quality education to its STEM programs, was named Manufacturer of the Year –Large.

Receiving the award on behalf of the company was Tyler Morgus, Thorlab’s Business Unit Leader and a member of the SCCC Board of Trustees.Students and their teacher stand by the robot they created.

Thorlabs and the other award-winning businesses were chosen for pushing the boundaries on progress, supporting their employees, and contributing to the local economy.

NJMEP Manufacturing Day brought together more than 500 business leaders from the manufacturing, logistics, and related industries to discuss the current state of the industry and its future.

Sussex County Community College is proud to offer a range of technical degrees that include Machine Tool Technology and Optics Technology. With the support of committed STEM Board of Trustees members like Tyler Morgus and James Hofmann, the College plans to continue its dedication to growing technology industries.

Pictured: James Hofmann, the Newton Robotics and Tyler Morgas gather on stage.

Pictured below: James Hofmann and his Newton High School Robotics demonstrate their robot.