New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school districts have become national models for preparing high school students and adults for college and careers in the 21st century.
They are the schools of choice for more than 31,000 secondary school students who want more out of high school.
Today’s career and technical education (CTE) programs link rigorous academics, technical knowledge and real-world experience to better prepare students for challenging careers. Whether they are headed to college or planning to pursue career-focused training, CTE students benefit from marketable skills that ensure their success.
Enrolling in a County Vocational-Technical School
County vocational-technical schools are free public schools that offer hands-on, integrated learning opportunities for high school students interested in all types of careers as well as higher education. Most counties also offer adult training programs that enable residents to advance their skills for the workplace.
Under state law, any student may apply to a county vocational-technical school in his or her county of residence. If accepted, the home school district must permit the student to attend. There is no cost to the student, or to his or her family.
Each county vocational-technical school district operates independently, and is governed by a Board of Education with support from the County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the county vocational-technical schools.
Visit the Our Schools page to learn more about 21st century career and technical education and to find out what programs are available in your county.