MCVTS students get paid to work on projects in Middlesex County Parks


Students at Middlesex County Vo-Tech’s Piscataway Campus build and raise nesting boxes for kestrels in Davidson Mill Pond Park in southern Brunswick.

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Students at Middlesex County Vo-Tech’s Piscataway Campus build and raise nesting boxes for kestrels in Davidson Mill Pond Park in southern Brunswick.

Eighteen building students from two Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) campuses worked on projects in county parks under a state grant program.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Division grant provided a salary to students at the MCVTS East Brunswick campus to build a walkway in Jamesburg Park in East Brunswick, and to students at the Piscataway campus to build and raise nesting boxes for kestrels, the most small species of falcon at Davidson Mill Pond Park in southern Brunswick, according to information provided by MCVTS.

The projects were overseen by the Middlesex County Department of Parks and Recreation and MCVTS staff.

“The students did a really good job,” said David Williams, a cooperative education coordinator for CVTS, in the release.

The grant funds will allow students to continue working on similar projects over the summer, said Renee Davis, MCVTS supervisor of special education. She praised the program for providing paid work experience to students.

Students are expected to work on the landscaping, maintenance and assembly of a gazebo on the grounds of the YMCA of Raritan Valley in eastern Brunswick.

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