CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS


advertising art & computer graphics

Advertising Art & Computer Graphics prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter creative college majors and the creative industry in entry-level areas. Lessons & projects are designed to develop a portfolio that demonstrates employable skills. "Ad/Art" stresses job deadlines, working with others and accepting criticism of work. Students work in Adobe Creative Cloud applications: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and more. Students are provided the ability to attain ACA certifications in Adobe software and the NOCTI certification as well.

allied health professionals

Allied Health is designed to prepare students for the following careers in the health field:

  • Nursing Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) (assists in the care of hospital patients)

  • Home Health Aide (takes over patient care at home)

  • Medical Assistant/Receptionist (works in physicians’ offices with patients and insurance)

  • Certified Medication Assistant (works with patients and their medications in a variety of settings)

All certified designations depend upon the student’s successful completion of the appropriate certifying examination. Students who wish to continue their education in the health field after high school should take advanced math, biology, and chemistry courses.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Architecture & Drafting Design is the language of engineers, designers, scientists, technicians and tradespeople. Drafting is written in the form of drawings, which represent the shape and size of an object. These drawings are then given to the manufacturers who produce items according to the specifications in the drawings. The students will gain a working understanding of the equipment, software, materials, and tools of the trade. The students will be able to make and interpret drawings, sketches, charts, and schematics. An understanding of CAD, Computer Aided Drafting, and its uses will be an integral part of the course. This course also reflects related academic skills in mathematics, physics, and communications necessary for success as a drafter. Students may continue their studies in the field of architecture.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Automotive Technologies is designed to meet the ongoing demand for trained, (ASE) Certified Automotive Technicians. This program includes high tech training in the five areas of fundamentals, braking systems, steering and suspension, drivelines, electricity and electronics. These five modules combine to give the student an exposure to the entire field. Students work on vehicles using state of the art equipment to perform routine maintenance and to diagnose and repair problems.

This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

COSMETOLOGY

The Cosmetology curriculum fulfills the licensing requirements of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology. Students who have completed the course and have earned a high school diploma or GED are eligible to take the State Board Examination. In the first and second years, students are taught the basics of draping, shampooing, manicuring, pedicuring, hair cutting and styling, permanent waving, facials, make-up, and hair removal. The third and fourth years concentrate on hair coloring, chemical hair straightening, advanced nail techniques, barbering, hair extensions, and microdermabrasion.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Law and Public Safety is a four year multi-level program designed for students interested in pursuing careers in Public Safety in areas such as law enforcement, the penal system, firefighting, 9-1-1 telecommunications, emergency medicine, emergency management, loss prevention, and private security. This course provides an overview of the entire criminal justice system’s response to crime, from the commission of the crime, to the law enforcement response, to the administration (courts and prosecution), to corrections. Major areas of study include: Criminal Justice; Public Safety (law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and emergency management); Corrections; Private Security; Criminal Investigation; Forensic Science; Geospatial Technologies/Homeland Security, and Web Security.

CULINARY ARTS & HOSPITALITY

Culinary Arts & Hospitality affords an overall view of the commercial foods industry covering positions available and job opportunities from basic kitchen helpers to working chefs. Students start with basic food preparation skills and then advance, learning related areas of purchasing and managing as well. The course encompasses sanitation, safety, and usage and care of equipment and utensils. The program is taught through a combination of a theoretical base of the trade, and practical, hands-on experiences working under close supervision as pantry and preparation cook, sandwich and salad maker, sauté or broiler cook and maître d’. Students who complete this program will be able to acquire employment in the food service industry at whatever level their abilities take them--from dishwasher to working chef to manager/owner.

DENTAL OCCUPATIONS

Dental Occupations is aligned with a fully accredited program as an introduction to the great profession of dentistry. It prepares students for entry level positions in dental offices or give them options to continue their studies and become fully certified and licensed in the state of New Jersey by completing a post-secondary clinical experience. Skills learned are practiced in a simulated state of the art dental office setting.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Early Childhood Education prepares students for a variety of careers that are related to child care, a successful role in the family, or a college program in Early Childhood Education. Students will have an on site laboratory experience in our preschool. First year students will also have an off-site experience at a child care center. Laboratory and classroom experiences will focus on early childhood development, nutrition, parenting skills, personal growth and development, home management and budgeting, and job preparation. Students will prepare a personal portfolio of resources to be used both on the job and as an aid in further education. Students in this program need to be serious, responsible, and prepared to take additional academic education in science and communications in order to enter and be successful in this field.

electronics

Radar, television, radio, telemetry, data acquisition and storage, radio, data processing, programming, and computers are all examples of systems that relate to the use of Electronics. Students will learn to recognize, interpret, and use a wide range of conventional and sophisticated test equipment. Throughout the course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles and concepts of electronics. They will be able to read and understand technical literature, blueprints, and schematics. Successful students of electronics may find employment in the field as entry-level technicians or may continue with advanced studies in such fields as engineering.

ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGIES

The Entertainment Technologies Program will prepare students to produce films and videos which visually communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings. Participants will receive instruction in planning and managing television, video, and digital media, film theory, technology, and equipment operation, film and digital media production, directing editing, art application, audio and video manipulation, and different techniques that can be applied. Additionally, students will learn to utilize computer and software technologies to enhance and record images.

FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING

The Fashion Design and Merchandising program has strong basic sewing skills at the heart of its curriculum. From these beginnings, students will progress at their own pace through dressmaking, tailoring, and design. There is an emphasis on both a formal, academic approach and many hands-on projects. High interest projects will be selected to increase the students’ skill levels and the emphasis will be on the quality of the work produced rather than on quantity.

HVAC / R

The HVAC/R program highlights the skills needed for a student to begin work at the entry level for residential or light commercial companies. The proliferation of these kinds of jobs offers many employment opportunities in home, office buildings, manufacturing, space ships, under sea labs, and the military. Working from blueprints and following design specifications, the technician connects duct work, refrigerant lines and other piping, and does required electrical work to connect motors and control instruments. The technician also charges all units with the proper refrigerant and provides start-up and customer education. Students in HVAC/R progress through a curriculum at a rate best suited to their learning styles. They are prepared for job titles including installer, helper, and service mechanic.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT / DIESEL TECHnology

Heavy Equipment Diesel Technician students will graduate with the skills needed to enter the labor market in the following industries: heavy/medium duty truck: construction equipment; marine nuclear and conventional electrical generation plants; and transportation. In addition to instruction and training in all major fleet systems students will also become adept n the use of all common and specialized tools required by the Heavy Equipment Diesel Technician. Students will also be exposed to MG electricarc and gas welding.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information Technology offers competencies in many areas of technology. Students proceed through a core of knowledge that includes computer terminology, history of computers, data processing, data entry applications, information processing skills, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, programming languages, logic, diagnostics/maintenance and repair, number systems, safety practices and standards, operating systems, environments, and utilities. Students build the skills and knowledge they will need to develop and maintain a variety of informational and e-commerce websites. Students are introduced to networking basics, accounting, and desktop publishing. As a student in this program, acquired communication, critical thinking, and technical skills required in the workplace are demonstrated by analyzing case studies. Hands-on projects apply the concepts and skills learned in real and simulated business situations.

MARKETING

Marketing introduces students to the exploration of creative, competitive, and dynamic activities that impact the lives of millions every day. Students will acquire competencies in the foundations of marketing (economics, business, and human resources) and its functions--selling, promotion, pricing, purchasing, marketing information management, product/service planning, distribution, financing, and risk management. Students will become proficient in marketing products and services through a virtual business simulation in retailing and sports merchandising, and they will set up their business online through the internet. Students are greatly involved in the operation of the BCIT School Store where they have opportunities to interact with customers, place orders online via QuickBooks, and create visual displays both in house and online. They will participate in DECA, a marketing and leadership service organization, and are strongly encouraged to accept positions in the private sector once basic competencies are mastered.

PLUMBING

The Plumbing Program provides students with the necessary technical knowledge and skills in the use of plumbing materials and tools to be successful in the workplace. The students will learn to read and interpret blueprints, to draw to scale, and to make accurate measurements. Students will be able to cut out in rough all water, waste, and vent lines required for the installation and testing of plumbing fixtures and their supports. To keep up with today’s technology needs, the students will be able to operate a keyboard, access a database, and operate software related to the plumbing field. They will be able to institute on-line searches for positions and for estimating.

PRE-ENGINEERING

Pre-Engineering uses a curriculum consisting of Integrated Learning Units and Master Project Units. Integrated Learning Units involve hands-on problem solving using math and science skills. Master Project Units develop industry vital skills in organization, team building, problem solving, information research, and interpersonal relationships. Students must have had a C or better in Algebra and Geometry for entrance into this program.

PRINTING & GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS

Printing/Graphic Communications allows students to function in an atmosphere that approximates the environment in the printing industry. The focus of the course is to prepare students for a successful lifetime of work and learning in the graphics industry. In addition to skills and knowledge, the shop fosters important attitudinal skills such as motivation, interest, a desire to succeed in graphics, a sense of pride, and quality craftsmanship. The students successfully completing this program will graduate prepared with entry level skills as an offset press operator, graphic arts process camera operator, film assembler (stripper), and plate maker. Among the skills to be acquired are press operation, press maintenance, camera operation, negative stripping, paste-up, plate making, and bindery.

SPORTS MEDICINE

Sports Medicine is a multi-level program designed for students interested in pursuing careers in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, fitness, physiology of exercise, and kinesiology, as well as other related fields. The course includes theory and practical applications in the following areas: prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries, taping and wrapping of injuries, first aid, CPR, emergency procedures, nutrition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, fitness/ conditioning/strength programs, and sports medicine careers. This program will also offer practical experiences with local sports medicine specialists. Graduates of the Sports Medicine program will possess the skills and competencies required for entry level work as well as a foundation for pursuing post secondary education.

VETERINARy TECHNOLOGies

The Veterinary Technologies Program will provide students with the knowledge and entry level skills necessary to care for animals. Students will be prepared to work in a veterinary hospital, kennel, groom shop, animal laboratory, or pet retail facility. Because this hands-on shop will include not only theory but also practical application and laboratory work, students need to be mature, self-motivated, responsible, and aware of safety procedures in dealing with animals and maintaining a safe working environment. The program will prepare students to perform general office and inventory work including operating computers, maintaining equipment and facilities, grooming and handling animals, and performing laboratory examining room work.