2017 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
John D. Cameron Jr., P.E.
Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
As a Long Island business leader, John D. Cameron, Jr. is on a mission to expand educational and career opportunities for Long Island students, particularly in the growing field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a member of the STEM Hub Board of Champions — the governing board for all of the Hub’s regional efforts — Mr. Cameron is an active participant in the New York Empire STEM Network and a vital part of the national effort to promote STEM.
In addition, Mr. Cameron is the Co-Chairperson of the STEM Hub’s Engineering and Architecture Regional Industry Council (RIC). The RIC is a structured communication forum between Long Island industry and K-12 education that promotes career awareness, professional development and workplace learning.
Mr. Cameron is also the Chairperson of the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC), whose mission is to promote the physical, economic and social health and well-being of the Long Island region and its residents. The central goal of the LIRPC is to educate Long Island officials, stakeholders and residents on key issues affecting the quality of life on Long Island and to propose plausible, workable solutions for these issues.
To that end, Mr. Cameron has established an Education Working Group comprised of representatives from Nassau and Suffolk School Boards and Superintendents Associations, BOCES and the New York State Union of Teachers. He works closely with this group to confront the issues of K-12 educational Honorees achievement and cost containment and has invited a number of school leaders to present the concerns of local school districts at the LIRPC’s monthly meetings.
Mr. Cameron is an outspoken proponent of career and technical education and a strong supporter of career academies in a number of Long Island school districts.
“John D. Cameron, Jr. understands that it takes more than brick, steel and mortar to build and sustain a community,” wrote his award nominator. “Mr. Cameron has taken every opportunity to advance school-to-career programs because he recognizes that quality public education is the key to our region’s economic vitality. It is his mission to create opportunities for Long Island’s students because they are our future.”