NEWARK — Walter Vittitoe of Laurence Harbor, a 2009 graduate of Middlesex County College, was named Senior of the Year by the Newark College of Engineering, which is a division of NJIT. He was also named Outstanding Senior in his major, Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Vittitoe, 28, worked as a machinist before starting NJIT.
“Walter was a hard working student, committed to completing all his assignments in an exceptional manner,” said Middlesex Professor Craig Stickler. “He had been out in the work world for several years and decided that he wanted to go further than his high school diploma was going to take him. He believes strongly in the traditional values of honesty and hard work.”
While working, he took classes at Middlesex, majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He earned an associate’s degree from Middlesex and then transferred to NJIT. After graduation, he hopes to work in the field of robotics.
Thom Sabol, chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies at Middlesex, said he wasn’t surprised by Vittitoe’s success. “Walter is an outstanding student and we are very proud of his accomplishments,” Sabol said.
Vittitoe left his machinist job to focus on schoolwork, so his parents are helping him financially.
“I’m looking forward to getting my degree and working, so I can pay my parents back and replenish their savings,” he said. “They are approaching retirement, which is a driving factor for my success. I owe them my education because they paid for it. If they hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be at NJIT.”
Vittitoe is the second Middlesex graduate in three years to earn Senior of the Year honors from NJIT. Owen Fitzgerald won this award in 2008.
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