High Tech High School Receives $20K Grant from Verizon Schools Program

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

(North Bergen, NJ–January 22, 2016) High Tech High School received a $20,000 grant for their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program from Verizon’s Innovative Schools Program, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

Verizon’s Director of External Affairs, Mark Bocchieri, presented this award to Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo, High Tech High School Principal Dr. Joseph Giammarella, and Biology and Biomedical Science teacher Priscilla Isip.
“We are extremely proud of our teachers and students in our school’s STEM program,” Gargiulo said in a statement. “These students will be the scientists, engineers, and doctors of tomorrow, and this grant will further aid them in their career pursuits.”
The funds will be used to support High Tech’s “Project Lead the Way” curriculum, which aims to prepare students for the cutting edge careers of tomorrow with a particular focus on biomedical technologies.
“It is an honor to receive this grant from Verizon, it will only help to strengthen our STEM program curriculum and allow our students to learn in a more interactive approach, while allowing our teachers more resources to teach in an effective manner,” Giammarella added in the same statement.
Part of a larger $100,000 award from the Verizon Innovative Schools Program, this coveted grant boasts a number of schools applications, though Verizon only chooses five schools throughout the state of New Jersey to receive the grant in a competitive application process.
“We are so happy that our program was chosen for this grant,” stated Isip.  “It will help with many aspects of our STEM program, including with equipment and field trips. In particular, we hope students can visit hospitals to meet with doctors and pathologists, as well as local police stations to meet with sheriffs and learn about their CSI investigations.”
(from left to right) Dr. Giammarella, Mr. Gargiulo, Mark Bocchieri, and Ms. Isip
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