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Morris County Vocational engineering students make prosthetic hands for Malawi children

Morris County Vocational School Students in Part-Time Program Use Technology to Help Others

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – A dozen prosthetic hands are being shipped to children in Malawi in southeastern Africa thanks to students enrolled in the Share Time Engineering Design & Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) program at Morris County Vocational School District.

Working in partnership with County College of Morris professor Tom Roskop, the students used a 3-D printer to manufacture the components and then assembled the hands at home.

Last month, the dozen hands were shipped to e-NABLE, a non-profit organization that helps volunteers create the hands using 3-D printers, and then ships the prosthetics to recipients all over the world. These hands are inexpensive to create, which is a benefit to the children who will outgrow the limbs as they grow.

The Morris County Vocational School District provides vocational and enrichment programs that inspire and prepare students to succeed in today’s world and pursue tomorrow’s opportunities. The Share Time Engineering Design & Advanced Manufacturing Program, located and in partnership with County College of Morris, is a two-year, half-day public high school program.

Students enrolled in EDAM earn certificates in Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting and Engineering Technology and 32 college credits, along with their high school diploma.

High School sophomores may apply to a Share Time Program of the Morris County Vocational School District during the open application period from January to March. For more information, contact Gina DiDomenico, Community Relations at or 973-627-4600 ext. 277.

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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