Grand opening

Rosemary Mitchell, director and principal of MCTEC, and Superintendent of Mercer County Schools Dr. Deborah Akers, surrounded by students and faculty, cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Mercer County Technical Education Center Mercantile.

photo by Jessica Nuzzo

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Technical Education Center held the grand opening of the MCTEC Mercantile amidst a crowd of students and guests.

Goods sold at the store are all made and prepared by students of MCTEC, according to Rosemary Mitchell director and principal of MCTEC.

According to Mitchell, seven years ago the idea came about to create a student-driven, run, and created, store. Items for sale can be bought ready-made or orders can be placed.

The store offers students a, “Simulated workplace program,” that gives them an insight into what the workforce is like, said Mitchell.

Students at the center include high school students as well as adults.

Along with the storefront, the mercantile also has two greenhouses full of plants for sale.

Mitchell explained that MCTEC provides students with skills needed to launch them into the next chapter of their life.

Students that complete their training at MCTEC can continue straight to employment or college, Mitchell said.

Items available for sale at the store include varieties of plants, screen printed t-shirts, painted pottery, sculptures, yard stakes, first aid kits, lamps, and more.

Classes offered at the center include, but aren’t limited to, cosmetology, dental assisting, nursing, and electrical tech.

For a full list of available classes visit MCTEC online at

Contact Emily D. Coppola at

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