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Hunterdon County Commissioner Director Zach Rich addresses attendees at annual Polytech Awards ceremony

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Commissioner Director Zach Rich last month addressed the 2023 Polytech Award recipients, their guests, and members of the Vocational Board of Education, including Superintendent Todd Bonsall, at JP Case Middle School in Raritan Township.

“As Director of the County Commissioner Board, I have made a strong partnership between the Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) and the County Board of Commissioners a priority under my leadership. I believe a strong vocational educational program is instrumental to the generational growth of tomorrow’s industry leaders here in Hunterdon County. I would like to extend congratulations, on behalf of all the commissioners to each of tonight’s award recipients,” Rich said.

HCVSD provides career and technical education in over 19 programs of study and offers students the opportunity to receive highly focused training in a career and technical field of their choice. This year, the school added a new course called Allied Health Professionals that allows students to earn certifications in the health field, as well as an enhanced Computer Science program to focus on Computer Networking and Cyber Security.

Several of the programs offered at HCVSD also have dual credit options in which students can elect to earn college credit while in high school with institutes such as RVCC, Rutgers University, and Centenary University to name a few.

“I encourage each of you to keep pursuing your academic and personal dreams. You have gained many tools at Polytech that give you a strategic advantage as compared to your peers. Use those tools to pursue things that you are passionate about and always be true to yourself. I wish you continued success going forward. Congratulations once again and thank you for inviting me to be part of this evening’s ceremony,” Rich said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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