Lincoln Tech Founder Nominated for NJ Hall of Fame Honor

On March 18, 2024, Lincoln Technical Institute, Inc. (Lincoln Tech), is celebrating the remarkable contributions of its founder, J. Warren Davies, to the field of career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. Davies, who passed away years ago, is being recognized for his groundbreaking work in the education sector with a posthumous nomination to the New Jersey Hall Of Fame Class of 2024, specifically in the education and science category.

J. Warren Davies, a decorated Army Captain and visionary entrepreneur, founded Lincoln Tech in 1946 with a clear objective: to provide returning World War II veterans with the vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into the civilian workforce. Davies identified the untapped potential in the technical skills these veterans acquired during their service and sought to translate them into civilian job opportunities through targeted education.

The initial campus established in Newark offered practical training programs focusing on diesel engine repair and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. This initiative quickly showed results, successfully equipping veterans with in-demand skills that allowed them to play an active role in New Jersey’s burgeoning post-war economy.

Beyond the realms of Lincoln Tech, Davies was a prominent figure in the broader educational landscape. He served as the President of the New Jersey Council of State-Approved Schools and was instrumental in founding the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS), which later evolved into the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a leading national accreditor for CTE institutions.

Under his leadership in 1965, NATTS set the groundwork for standardized educational quality and accreditation in the CTE field. This not only ensured a high standard of education for students but also instilled confidence among employers in hiring graduates from accredited programs. NATTS also played a pivotal role in nationally advocating for CTE, helping to secure government recognition and access to federal programs that benefited CTE students.

One of Davies’ significant achievements was his advocacy for federal financial aid for CTE students. Understanding the financial challenges many faced in accessing vocational education, he worked tirelessly to champion the National Vocational Student Loan Insurance Act in 1965. This landmark legislation, inspired by the National Defense Education Act, was crucial in making CTE programs more accessible to middle-income families, thereby expanding educational and career opportunities for countless Americans.

Presently, Lincoln Tech has expanded to 22 campuses across 14 states, offering a broad spectrum of programs in healthcare, transportation, the skilled trades, and hospitality. The institute remains devoted to Davies’ mission of enabling individuals to achieve their career goals, thus continuing to impact positively on numerous lives and communities.

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