Hundreds of 2022 NJ vo-tech seniors already have college degrees

In what it said was a banner year, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools reports that 216 seniors at 11 such schools across the Garden State not only have a high school diploma to celebrate this month, but also an associate degree.

Council Executive Director Jackie Burke said vo-tech enrollment in the state has jumped about 25% since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago — coincidentally, when an associate’s degree is typically earned at a community college.

The ever-growing partnership between the state’s vocational and technical schools and its county colleges, spurred by both increased college credit opportunities and a crucial state grant in 2018, has further diversified the many fruitful paths a young adult can take as they approach the end of their schooling. education and joining the labor market.

In some cases, several courses are available within walking distance of each other: the Paramus campus of Bergen Community College is also home to Applied Technology High School, for example.

“Our schools recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The majority of our students go to college, but there are opportunities to track learning and go straight to the field,” Burke said. , adding that apprenticeship and two- and four-year colleges are still strong options. “They are truly unique in preparing students for a career and provide them with many opportunities that you don’t see at other schools.”

Money remains the bottom line, and Burke said cost savings play a large role in the usefulness of vocational and technical schools.

“Parents of students always appreciate the value of a head start in college, especially now that the price of everything is rising, including tuition,” she said.

And, Burke said, employers sometimes pay for a student’s education as a condition of employment, fostering a “lifelong learning” attitude.

“It’s a win-win situation for both the employer and the student, as employers will cover the costs in many circumstances for their employees to continue their education,” she said.

Of the 216 professional-technical seniors leaving with additional associate degrees this year:

  • 54 are from the Cumberland County Technical Education Center;
  • 44 from Ocean County Vocational Technical School;
  • 29 of the Bergen County Technical School District;
  • 25 from Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools;
  • 23 from Essex County Schools of Technology;
  • 14 from Hudson County Schools of Technology;
  • 10 from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology;
  • 9 of the Salem County Vocational Technical School District;
  • 5 from the Atlantic County Institute of Technology;
  • 2 from the Morris County Vocational School District;
  • 1 of Mercer County Technical Schools.

To learn more, visit careertechnj.org.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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If you descend and meet an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

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