Cape May County Technical High School District (09-0720)

Cape May County Technical High School District

The Cape May County Technical Schools District celebrated over 100 years of educational opportunities in February 2016! The first hundred years included satellite educational settings and few careers for county residents. Over time, the District was established on the Crest Haven Complex and established a part time vocational high school for County students, graduating its first full time high school class in 1997. Today, the District continues to prepare students for various career opportunities and pathways in our ever changing 21st century, to succeed as global citizens and to support healthy economic growth. This was accomplished in school year 2015-16 through the combination of academic, technological, co-curricular, and specialty training with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary model of project-based learning. The district enrollment in all our divisions was at near capacity. The uniquely blended educational program of academics and technical class work continues to ensure students choose the Technical District. Students of all ages (high school and post-secondary) are supported throughout the academic year by mentors, tutors and free tutoring services. Incoming at risk freshmen attended the summer bridging program to help ease their high school transition process. This bridging one-on-one instruction taught students organizational and study skills in addition to mathematics, language arts and science. Throughout the school year, a tutoring program was conducted to help students achieve satisfactory grades in their classes. The program, available before and after school, covered subject content and time management skills to ensure success.

The district career/technical courses continued to be updated and aligned with current industry standards. All Cape Tech high school students were engaged in three year sequential courses focusing on their chosen technical pathway. The district began the planning and approval for a new career in Carpentry and Property Management with a focus on green construction. The Green Program of Study enjoyed continued success in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration – Sustainable Energy CTE program. Along with developing the necessary skills, this model included the infusion of sustainability curriculum across content areas with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary model of project-based learning. Students were taught at a rigorous college-preparatory level.
Students continued to earn college credit through the district’s articulation agreements with a variety of post-secondary education agencies. These college credits include both academic and career technical course work. All Cape Tech high school graduates have the opportunity to obtain 26 college credits through the development of a Prior Learning Assessment at Atlantic Cape Community College. This means our graduates are half way to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in technical studies. The high school also offers honors, advanced placement, and over 400 distance learning opportunities delivered through the Middle States accredited Virtual High School. High school graduate acceptances included a wide range of colleges and universities, with most in New Jersey. There are 23 technical specialties to provide options from which students chose for their technical area of concentrated study.

The district’s high school, adult high school, evening continuing education, post- secondary apprentice programs, nursing, dental assisting, cosmetology and HSE (GED) preparation and testing along with ESL, and workplace readiness classes served over 3,200 county residents last year. Our faculty and students continued to distinguish themselves and bring positive attention to our school and programs. Several students won gold medals at the state level of the SkillsUSA competition and a group of FFA students won awards at several competitions in the state throughout the school year.

Additionally, seniors in Law and Public Safety completed training at the county police academy and graduated as Class One Special Law Enforcement Officers. Also, the Welding students obtained their G-1 Welding Certificates from the American Welding Society. The district conducted its annual showcase event, the Advisory Council dinner and meeting in February. Accommodations, food preparation, guest attendance, and presentations were provided by teams of students from the following programs of study: The Academy of Travel and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Food Production, Pastry/Baking, Agriscience Horticulture, Entertainment Production, Communication Arts Technology, Graphic Arts Technology and Exploratory. The evening program included special recognition for the 2015-2016 district Business Partner and the 2015-16 Successful High School Graduate, and the continued celebration of the district’s 101 year anniversary of providing educational opportunities for learners of all ages