Nominees for the award must have graduated five or more years ago, be currently working in the field they studied at BCIT and demonstrate excellence in that career field
The Burlington County Institute of Technology recognized three outstanding graduates at its semi-annual Program Advisory Dinner at its Medford campus.
The alumni, Joseph (Ryan) McGinty, Prince Reed and Eva Pocius, received BCIT’s Successful Graduate Award.
McGinty graduated from Medford campus in 2003 from the Plumbing CTE program. During his senior year at BCIT, he won first place in states at SkillsUSA competition and third place at the national competition.
After high school, McGinty earned his New Jersey master plumber license through the BCIT adult education program.
During his adult education years, McGinty participated in the school to work program with Reel Plumbing and mentored under Joe Occhiuzzo, who also was a BCIT Successful Graduate. McGinty worked with Reel Plumbing until starting his own business in 2008.
McGinty now has three operational plumbing trucks and employs multiple BCIT graduates. His business was voted Best Plumbing Company in Burlington County in 2018 by readers of the Burlington County Times.
Reed graduated from BCIT Westampton Campus in 2010 after being selected to attend Law & Public Safety as a freshman. In 2011, he attended the Cape May County Police Academy, taking the first step on a journey to put others before him in order to protect those in need.
Reed now works with the Camden County Police Department as a detective assigned to the Shooting Response Team. He primarily handles high-profile cases leading to the arrest of violent offenders, and responds and investigates shootings and armed robberies within Camden.
During his career, Reed has received more than 30 awards, including the Senate and General Assembly Citation, Camden County Police Department Meritorious Service Award, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Citizens Crime Commission Police Bravery Award, Camden County Police Dept. Unit Citation (SRT) Service Award and Camden County Proclamation Board of Chosen Freeholders Excellence Award.
Pocius was recognized as a successful graduate from BCIT Adult Education after having completed the medical assistant program. While working full time as a medical assistant, Pocius continued to study part time in the BCIT Adult Education Licensed Practical Nursing Program, completing the program in 2011.
Pocius is employed by Cooper University Healthcare Internal Medicine as a nurse manager/navigator providing care for patients and managing the back-office support and training to medical assistants. She is pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing part time at Rowan University, with the hope to continue until she earns a master’s degree.
Pocius has been rated a top performer by her employer.
Each year, BCIT honors successful graduates from each campus. Recipients are nominated by staff, community members and members of the administration. A committee selects the winners according to a select criterion. Nominees must have graduated at least five years ago, be currently working in the field they studied at BCIT and demonstrate excellence in their career field.