In recognition of its long-term and multi-faceted support of students at Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD), Warshauer Electric Supply has been named the district’s 2022 Business Partner of the Year.
Warshauer Branch Manager Anthony Kurilla started with the company as a shared-time vocational student from Ocean County. He is a great example of someone “paying it forward” as he helps to develop the partnership with MCVSD.
“Kurilla’s goal is to transition students from work-based learning to a career in the industry or further education,” said Sean Meehan, MCVSD assistant superintendent. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”
At first, Kurilla established work-based learning programs with MCVSD Electricity program students. With eight students in 2021, Kurilla decided to expand into different program areas. This year he has hired two Building Trades students from the Monmouth County Career Center and plans to branch out even further in the future.
Currently, there are two Electricity program students from MCVSD’s Middletown Campus at Warshauer, but if you visit other company locations, you will find MCVSD graduates in the Warshauer warehouse as well as in the showroom and behind the counter.
“MCVSD’s relationship with Warshauer Electric began 10 years ago,” said Tim Lutcza, work-based-learning coordinator at MCVSD. “Their people understand the vocational-technical learning experience at least in part because of Anthony Kurilla’s own background, and they offer our students exactly what they need to succeed. We are grateful to have them as partners.”
In addition to running the work-based learning experiences, Kurilla has been a guest speaker at the Career Center.