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Milton Hershey School Honors HE&R Employees with Outstanding Service Awards

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum at Milton Hershey School (MHS) is an award-winning program that prepares students to graduate both career and college ready by combining real-world learning opportunities with internships and co-op experiences.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) has been involved in the CTE program for the past several years. Throughout the years, numerous employees have given their knowledge, expertise and time to support the students’ education and growth.

Each year, the CTE Advisory Committee recognizes select individuals who have gone above and beyond in their involvement with the program. This may include conducting classroom lessons, hosting or arranging summer internships or co-op experiences, or facilitating other authentic work opportunities. During this year’s banquet, the committee acknowledged HE&R employees, Matt Hockenbrock a mechanical engineer at HE&R, and Chef Bart Umidi of Hershey Lodge.

According to MHS, Matt has been an invaluable resource to the program for more than five years. Throughout his involvement, he has given countless industry-focused presentations, been an active presenter, student mentor, and has taught design lessons in the classroom.

Chef Bart has been an integral part of the culinary team for several years and works hand-in-hand as a co-op employer, helping to facilitate the opportunity for the Hershey Lodge culinary team to work with the MHS students. In addition, Chef Bart is an invaluable advisor to the ProStart Culinary Competition teams, helping the students refine cooking methods, providing feedback on taste and plate presentations, and more. To date, the team has won the state competition three times!

On behalf of all HE&R team members, we are thrilled to congratulate Matt and Chef Bart on these well-deserved acknowledgements, and thank them for their continued commitment to honoring the legacy of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, by providing value to the students of MHS.