Hunterdon County Vocational School District (19-2308)

Hunterdon County Vocational School District

HUNTERDON COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Hunterdon County Vocational School District provides career and technical education (CTE) training to the residents of the county. The district consists of four divisions; a shared-time high school, two full-time academies and adult education. Hunterdon County Polytech (HCP) Career and Technical School is the shared-time high school division that offers a variety of half-day CTE programs to high school aged students at the Bartles and Central Campuses located in Flemington, NJ. The full-time academies offer students a full-time four-year high school program. One of full-time academies is the Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy (CSSEA) partnered with Delaware Valley Regional High School (DVRHS) in Frenchtown, NJ and the other academy is a Biomedical Science Academy (BSA) partnered with North Hunterdon High School (NHHS) in Clinton, NJ. The Adult & Continuing Education division serves adults in a variety of courses that lead to industry recognized credentials and includes related instruction for apprenticeship programs and customized training for local businesses and industries.

HCP offers CTE programs in nine of the sixteen US Department of Labor’s Career Clusters. Major program areas include animal science, building and energy technologies, visual art and design, education, law and criminal justice, culinary arts, cosmetology, transportation and health sciences. The half-day programs offer dual credit, articulation credits, and industry recognized credentials through related instruction and hands-on experiences that include rigorous applied academics and advanced technologies. For example, several credentials include the Child Development Associate Credential, NJ State Cosmetology License, First Responder Credential, ServSafe, ASE certifications, and National Occupational Competency Tests. In addition, several CTE programs offer an opportunity to earn as many as 25 college credits while in high school. An average of 80% of the seniors go on to post-secondary schools upon graduation. Programs also provide opportunities for students to participate in community service projects, work-based learning experiences and related CTE student organizations.

The CSSEA was established through a NJ Department of Education grant award in 2015. The grant provided funds to create the district’s first four-year full-time CTE program in computer science and software engineering. This was accomplished by collaborating a traditional CTE program with a comprehensive high school, DVRHS and while focusing on computer science, providing all of the academics, extra-curricular activities and support services that a traditional high school provides. The first freshmen class with 34 students enrolled in September 2015 and now in the second year, enrolled another 21 freshmen students.

After obtaining a second grant through the New Jersey Department of Education, a second full-time four-year academy in biomedical sciences was added. Partnering with NHHS, the first freshmen class of 22 students started this September 2016. The BSA has become the district’s fourth school that is offered to students throughout the county with a focus on two of the three major components of biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical and biotechnology (research and development).

The Adult & Continuing Education division offers over 80 courses twice a year. The courses prepare students for new job skills, to upgrade their current skills or to obtain an industry-recognized credential. The industry-recognized credentials include certifications and licenses in areas such as water/wastewater, black seal, certified nursing assistant and cosmetology. Other courses provide continuing education credits, related instruction for apprenticeship programs and food related courses for an Associate Degree in the Food and Beverage Management Program partnered with Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC).


2. GRANTS: During the 2015-16 school year the District was successful in obtaining grants to develop and implement vocational programs and services. Grants included:

YTTW – Youth Transition to Work - $68,000
The Youth Transitions to Work (YTTW) competitive grant opportunity was offered by the N.J. Department of Labor. The focus was to increase registered apprentices in Veterinary & Laboratory Technician and establish a new apprenticeship program in Veterinarian Assistant. To register as an apprentice, students must obtain full-time employment with an employer in the field and attend post-secondary classes for related instruction from one to five years depending on the apprenticeable occupation. For this grant year, the program has been able to assist students in becoming registered apprentices with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship as well as place additional students in trade-related employment.

Apprenticeship Coordinator (Hunterdon & Somerset Counties)- $35,097
A goal of the Apprenticeship Coordinator grants is to fund an apprenticeship coordinator in every county in New Jersey to promote apprenticeship opportunities. The coordinator’s role is to identify and establish new apprenticeship programs, provide technical assistance to secondary schools, employers, unions and colleges seeking to establish linkages and provide information to Workforce Investment Boards, One-Stop Centers and other governmental agencies, community-based and faith-based organizations. Based on the success of previous years and interest, for the third year HCVSD had the opportunity to be the lead agency for both Hunterdon and Somerset County’s Apprenticeship Coordinator grants. The county apprenticeship coordinator was successful in carrying out their role and to supervise, approve and coordinate delivery of related instruction, maintain records and participate in apprenticeship related activities and events for both counties and increase the number of registered apprentices.

Perkins Secondary- $39,226
Perkins Secondary funds were used to enhance and expand secondary CTE programs. This year funds were used to expand curriculums for the animal science, homeland security, dance, and energy technologies programs. In addition funds were used for professional development, a guidance counselor liaison group and special supplies.

Perkins Post Secondary - $102,551
Post Secondary Perkins grant funds are used to enhance and expand post-secondary CTE programs. This year grant funds were used computers, professional development, and equipment including a welder, electrical trainer and brake lathe. Additional funds were used for online learning and classroom resources.

No Child Left Behind Title II - $3,116
NCLB funds are used for professional development and teacher resources. This past year, funds were used for professional development/educational consultant.

Workforce Investment Board - $80,000
The Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board had offered a Youth Services grant program. The goal of the program was to improve educational achievement with industry-based recognized credentials, prepare youth for employment, and provide mentoring, guidance and counseling support. The grant funds consisted of three components; a Hunterdon and Somerset Community Outreach Service Programs and a Youth Work Readiness/Subsidized Employment Program. HCVSD took on the role as Hunterdon County’s community outreach services. HCVSD obtained the Outreach Service Program for Hunterdon County. As part of the grant funds, an Outreach Community Specialist was employed to identify youth that were eligible for receiving services and meet a set of criteria. Once identified, the Youth Employment Services (YES) Program assessed the applicant’s work readiness and developed an Individualized Services Strategy that included specific career goals and actions to be taken to meet the overall goals of the grant. The grant funds were also used to market the program to residents of the county.

County Vocational School District Partnership Grant $590,000
The County Vocational School District Partnership Grant is a state-funded partnership program between county vocational schools and other entities to expand access and student opportunities for CTE secondary students. HCVSD was awarded one of the 39-month grant awards to develop a new four-year, full-time CTE program in computer science. Titled as the Computer Science and Software Engineering Academy, the academy is partnered with Delaware Valley Regional High School District utilizing the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science four-year curriculum as the foundation. Beginning in September 2015, the first freshmen class had 34 students enrolled and a new freshman class of 21 students will start September 2016. The program will focus on dual college credits, related industry credentials, and real job experiences. Post-secondary partners include Raritan Valley Community College, Rowan University, Rutgers, the State University, Kean University and NJ Institute of Technology.

County Vocational School District Partnership Grant; Cohort #2, $600,000
As a second grant opportunity through the New Jersey Department of Education, another 39-month grant award was received to develop and implement a second four-year full-time CTE program in biomedical sciences. Titled as the Biomedical Science Academy, the academy is partnered with North Hunterdon High School utilizing the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences four-year curriculum as the foundation. The first freshmen class of 22 students will start September 2016. Similar to the CSA, the program will focus on dual college credits, related industry credentials, and real job experiences. Post-secondary partners include Raritan Valley Community College, Rowan University and Rutgers, the State University