Bergen County Vocational Technical School District (03-0290)

Bergen County Vocational Technical School District

Bergen County Technical Schools (BCTS) offers Full-Time and Part-Time academic and technical instruction to all secondary and adult students throughout Bergen County. Through innovative programs such as Bergen County Academies, the Bergen County Technical High Schools' Teterboro and Paramus campuses, and Applied Technology High School at Bergen Community College, the district has created a new model for secondary education in New Jersey.

The cornerstone of BCTS's success has been its ability to adapt to the changing needs of local industry. When Bergen County Technical Schools was founded in 1951, students learned the union trades. The district belief, that students needed strong academic and technical skills to meet the challenges of the future, led to the creation of the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in 1992. Today, the district's secondary programs include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, comprising seven magnet high school programs that meld college-prep classes with a career focus; Bergen County Technical High School Teterboro, a full-time program offering nine technical concentrations; Bergen County Technical High School Paramus, a secondary program that affords students a strong academic and technical foundation and a choice of Full-Time and Shared-Time programs offering eleven technical concentrations; and Applied Technology High School, a full-time program offering a concentration in Engineering Technology and dual-credit courses that allow students to earn up to 28 college credits upon graduation

Bergen County Technical Schools consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs to its students. This past year, the district intensified its efforts toward offering early college options on all four campuses. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are available to students onsite at the Hackensack and Teterboro campuses. In addition to AP courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered to students at the Hackensack campus. Through successful completion of AP and IB courses, students have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at many of the nation's colleges and universities. Additionally there are a number of articulation agreements with Caldwell College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Syracuse University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Bergen Community College, Hudson Community College, and Walnut Hill College that offer select graduating students sophomore standing at the partnering school. Students are also afforded the opportunity to take a number of college courses off-site at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bergen Community College prior to graduating high school.

The District's Paramus Campus provides both Full-Time and Shared-Time students with a strong academic and technical foundation to pursue either post-secondary educational opportunities or entrance into the workforce upon graduation. Unlike most traditional public high schools, our students learn in classrooms and career-specific technical labs that mirror future academic and professional environments. Whether in a physics or automotive lab, our students engage in collaborative interdisciplinary activities that foster interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Through innovative programs and practices, the Bergen County Technical School District has created a new standard for secondary education in New Jersey. Computer technology and multi-dimensional projects that link academic learning with technology serve as the unique foundation for this school district. Work experiences and senior internships-whether in a hospital research facility or an automotive dealership-offer students hands-on practice in a selected field and the potential to define a meaningful post-high school focus. While the district is widely known for its secondary programs, training programs for adults have a more than 50-year history which continues today. The multifaceted adult programs include apprenticeship training, technical education, career readiness, and emergency medical services. The District also operates an inclusive Day Care Center at the Hackensack Campus, offering day care services as well as Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.