FLEMINGTON, NJ  Hunterdon County Vocational School District invites prospective students and their families to an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The district will present its range of career and technical programs and make staff and current students available to answer questions.

This district is holding its Open House earlier this school year to accommodate an accelerated application timeline. Applications for Polytech Career & Technical High School are now due by Dec.15, the same day the application period ends for the district’s three full-time, science-based academies. All applications are accepted online through hcvsd.org.

“We are eager to open our doors and demonstrate how we meet the diverse needs, interests and goals of students across our county,” Dr. Todd Bonsall, HCVSD superintendent, said. “Our reputation is one of both career exploration and academic excellence. We are a good fit for any student looking to explore a passion or interest and take purposeful steps toward college, a career or both. Students come to us looking to pursue careers in medicine, graphic design, animal science, engineering, cosmetology, auto body repair, and much more. We have the programs and the people in place to help them do it and to find success at the end of their journeys.”

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HCVSD offers five distinct schools, which include three full-time academies, an Adult & Continuing Education school and the largest of its five schools, Polytech Career & Technical High School. Polytech’s 12 core program areas allow students to explore career and technical options in a hands-on environment, while subprograms offer further specialization. Unlike a traditional high school, every one of those programs offers college credits, licensing, credentials, specific job skills or certifications. Students attend their home high schools for all academic requirements and are bused to Polytech for half-day programs. Polytech courses run for a full year to comprise 20 elective credits with most students starting as juniors.

Polytech will offer its first full-time program next year in Animal Science. Current eighth-grade students interested in this full-time offering can apply now for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

HCVSD’s Oct. 26 Open House runs simultaneously across three district campuses to allow participants to tour career-focused classroom spaces while learning more about their programs of interest from staff and students.   

Bartles Campus: 3D Computer Animation, Allied Health, Career Path to Transitions, Career Prep, Commercial Arts & Advertising Design, Computer Networking & Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, Graphic Design, Healthcare Science, Law & Homeland Security, Pre-Nursing and Teacher Academy

Also on the Bartles Campus, learn more about the district’s three academies: the Biomedical Sciences Academy, the Computer Science & Applied Engineering Academy and the Environmental Sustainability & Engineering Academy. The academies are academically rigorous and follow a comprehensive, highly focused curriculum. All three offer opportunities to earn college credits and participate in internships and other hands-on learning opportunities.

Central Campus: Auto Body Collision Repair, Automotive Services, Automotive Technology, Construction Science, Cosmetology, Culinary and Baking Arts, Fire/EMT Academy and Heavy Equipment Operator Program

ESC: Animal Science (both shared- and full-time programs)

On both the Bartles and Central campuses, find information about all programs offered through Adult & Continuing Education, including Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, Aesthetics, Cosmetology, Electrical & Plumbing, and more.

The Bartles Campus, 8 Bartles Corner Road, is on the east side of Route 31. The Central Campus, 10 Junction Road, is next to the Hunterdon Central High School Field House. The ESC Campus is located at 37 Hoffmans Crossing Road in Califon.

Learn more at hcvsd.org, or call 908-284-1444.