October 16, 2013 (North Bergen, N.J.) – The Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) Foundation has announced that it will hold its annual Foundation Gala on Thursday, October 24 at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. The Gala will feature performances from High Tech High School’s Performing Arts program and a student showcase with work from High Tech’s Academy of Architecture & Contemporary Themes; the Automotive Technology program; and County Prep’s Culinary Arts and Medical Sciences programs.
Hosted by Natalie Morales – co--anchor of NBC’s Today Show and Dateline – this year’s event will honor global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm Gensler. Frank Gargiulo, Superintendent of HCST, says that Gensler’s contributions to the district have been innumerable.
“One of the original purposes of the HCST Foundation was to bring the corporate world into cooperation with the learning of our students,” he says. “Gensler, in particular, has had a direct impact on our school, as our architecture classes are benefiting from the ideas of Gensler's world--class architects. When the students get an opportunity to work with companies like these, it provides great opportunities for everybody.”
Laurent Lisimachio, Principal at Gensler, has served as a Foundation Advisory Board member and trustee since 2011. Lisimachio works closely with HCST staff to ensure that the district’s architecture curriculum is relevant to today’s industry standards.
“It has been a privilege to serve our communities and this generation of talented students and I am thrilled to celebrate this year's achievements at this wonderful event,” he says.
Daniel Gans, HCST Foundation's Board President, adds, “We are proud to honor our Board Member Laurent Lisimachio and his company, Gensler, for their continued support of the HCST Foundation and the HCST students.
HCST Foundation Mission Statement:
The HCST Foundation is a real--world, results--oriented organization whose purpose is to promote quality and innovative education for the community by empowering the district through financial support and community involvement.