Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios
Chair, Public Health and Education Committee

Middlesex County Students Chosen
for “Green” Internship Program

JANUARY 21, 2010 – Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios, liaison to the County’s vocational and technical schools, announced tonight the names of two Middlesex County students who were chosen to receive internships through the New Jersey Association of Counties(NJAC)/Wal-Mart Green Internship Program.

“I am very pleased to announce this year’s Middlesex County recipients of the NJAC and Walmart Green Internship Program: Kerrie-Ann Weickert from East Brunswick and Antonio De La Paz from Woodbridge,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios, chair of the County’s Public Health and Education Committee. “They have been chosen for these internships because of their hard work and continuing commitment to academic excellence.”

“The county vocational and technical school system in New Jersey is recognized nationally as a leader in cutting-edge technologies, attracting some of the brightest and most talented students, students just like Kerrie-Ann and Antonio,” Rios said. “This exemplary program is designed to create educational opportunities for students to learn about the green technologies and alternative energy sources of the future.”

The NJAC/Wal-Mart Green Internship Program, established in 2009, is a partnership between the NJAC Foundation and the Wal-Mart Corporation. Its purpose is to create a hands-on learning experience for students interested in emerging “green” technologies.

The New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation was established by NJAC in 1997 to promote a broader understanding of the critical role that county governments have in delivering vital services, to provide professional education to county officials in the form of formal courses, seminars and educational events and to provide educational opportunities for students throughout New Jersey.

Through this program, students work on county government projects or programs to reduce energy consumption. Wind turbines, alternative fuel vehicles, geothermal heating and cooling systems and smart building design are just some of the areas in which students are getting a first-hand education thanks to this program.

“Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools are honored to have two of our students selected for the New Jersey Association of Counties and Walmart Green Internship Program,” said Brian J. Loughlin, Superintendent of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.  “The Green Internship provides a unique opportunity for our students to gain real life work experience while engaged in new and exciting County operated "green” initiatives."

Both students will be working at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Services of Middlesex County under the supervision of William Hlubik, County Extension Department Head. The interns will work for a total of 50 hours and will receive a stipend of $500 each.