New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools have stepped into the national spotlight.
• US News and World Report named High Technology High School in Lincroft (Monmouth County) as the #1 math and science high school in America. Five of our other schools also made this prestigious list.
• Seven of our schools were ranked among Newsweek’s “Best High Schools in America.”
• Camden County Technical Schools’ Pennsauken Campus was one of two schools in New Jersey chosen as a Blue Ribbon School by the National Association of State Title I Directors, recognizing the school’s achievement in helping economically-disadvantaged students excel.
• The Cumberland County Technical Education Center was selected as an outstanding school by the Technology Centers that Work program of the Southern Regional Education Board.
• The Essex County Vocational Technical Schools district has been recognized as an exemplary program by the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education. The district has been featured on the association’s web site and in the national marketing materials they are using to change the image of career and technical education.
• Seventeen students from ten different New Jersey vocational-technical school districts took home top level medals at the national Skills USA competition. Two of the national officers at Skills USA are students at the Somerset and Sussex county vocational-technical schools.
Story-by-story and step-by-step, our students, our schools, our teachers and our administrators are giving the world a new understanding about 21st century county vocational-technical schools.
Our new web site is an important part of this effort. It’s all about our schools, and the unique opportunities they provide to help all types of students prepare for college and careers.
We’ll be providing a wide range of news, videos, blogs and stories that will amaze you and inspire you. They will open your eyes to what students can do and achieve when they’re shown how what they’re learning in school relates to their career interests and aspirations.
So whether you’re a parent looking for the best opportunities for your child, a business-owner looking for ready-for-work employees, or a policy-maker looking for information on county vocational-technical schools, visit www.careertechnj.org often to see what our schools have to offer.
Dr. Philip J. Guenther is the superintendent of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology and the current president of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.