About Career and Technical Education

Middlesex County engineering students working on a project

New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school districts are national models for preparing high school students and adults for college and 21st century careers.

They are the schools of choice for more than 32,000 secondary school students who want more out of high school and more than 5,000 adults who are looking to expand their technical skills in various fields.

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 gain marketable skills that ensure their success.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about 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.

A Warren County Technical Schools electrical science student works with his instructor on a power box
Passaic County Technical Institute law enforcement students working with local police departments
Morris County School of Technology medical arts students working with technology

Enrolling in a County Vocational-Technical High School Program

County vocational-technical high schools are free public schools that offer hands-on, integrated learning opportunities for students in grades 9-12 interested in all types of careers as well as higher education.

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.

Enrolling in a County Vocational-Technical Adult Program

Most county vocational-technical schools also offer adult training programs that enable residents to advance their workplace skills and obtain various technical certifications.

Application procedures, course details and tuition rates vary from county to county. If your county does not offer an adult program, it may be possible to enroll in another county’s adult training program. To find out more, contact the district offering the program you are interested in by visiting the district web site and clicking on “Adult Education” on the navigation bar.