Photo Credits: Christina Ampudia, HCST Years ago, getting a vocational education in high school had a negative connotation in the eyes of many people. That is no longer the case in 2022, and it certainly isn’t the reality at the Hudson County Schools of Technology, where students receive vocational training in a wide range of careers, preparing them to join the work force after high school.
On Friday at High Tech High School in Secaucus, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board met to review curriculum, explore work based learning opportunities for students, and research articulation agreements for future partnerships between HCST and individual programs.
Approximately 150 professionals attended the meeting, many of whom from trade industries or colleges which either employee HCST students following their graduations or provide internship opportunities for them before their high school graduations allowing them to receive college credits.
As a vocational institution, the Hudson County Schools of Technology, comprising High Tech High School, County Prep High School, the post-secondary Adult Learning School and Explore Middle School, is changing the old philosophy that vocational schools are nothing more than “dumping grounds” for students who were thought unable to succeed in college.