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Gloucester County Recognizes GCIT Students Chosen for Green Internship

(Woodbury, NJ) - The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that two Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) students, Marc Feaster and Vincent Zinni, have been selected for a new internship program aimed at teaching green energy technology.

"Green technology is a must in today's environment for a healthier community and for the well-being of future generations. The Green Internship is an outstanding program that prepares students for the emerging green economy," stated Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.

The internship program is run by the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) Foundation and funded by Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer and a leader in energy management. The goal of the Foundation is to provide students from each county with a structured learning experience in which they can work on projects to reduce energy consumption. The NJAC Foundation developed the green internship program this year in conjunction with the vocational/technical schools.

"New Jersey's technical school system is recognized nationally as a leader in cutting-edge technologies," stated Director Sweeney. "These two students are among the brightest and most talented students participating in this excellent school system."

Feaster and Vinni, both residents of Deptford Township, are in their senior year and enrolled in the Construction Technology Program at GCIT in the trade of Plumbing/Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). These students have shown a great interest in reducing energy consumption as evidenced by their participation in the SkillsUSA Club that set up recycling bins around the school and ensuring the bins were put into the proper dumpsters weekly. The internship will take place at GCIT and will begin in February.

Feaster and Vinni will be exploring the prospects of green sustainable growth including the development of Grey Water Systems in the Plumbing trade and Hydronic and Cell Solar Panels in the HVAC field.

"This program creates an opportunity for Gloucester County's youth get hands-on experience with the technologies that will be central to our economic and environmental future," said Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, who serves on the NJAC Board of Directors.

Freeholder DiMarco noted that county governments are embarked on energy reform programs ranging from ambitious capital projects aimed at making government facilities more energy efficient to the development of alternative energy sources like wind and solar.

DiMarco said that the Freeholders will present a proclamation to GCIT students Marc Feaster and Vincent Zinni at the January 20, 2010 Freeholder meeting. The students will also receive a Certificate of Recognition from NJAC and a $500 check. 

The NJAC/Wal-Mart Green Internship Program, established in 2009, creates a hands-on learning experience for students interested in emerging "green" technologies. The program seeks to help students prepare for the new "green" economy and to build a pool of prospective employees qualified in the technologies of tomorrow.