FLEMINGTON, NJ - two upcoming info sessions will introduce students and parents to the three full-time, science-based academies led by Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD). The events on Thursday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 14, both 6-9 p.m.will detail the curriculum, college credit and internship opportunities and admission procedures for the district’s Biomedical Sciences Academy, Computer Science & Applied Engineering Academy and Environmental Sustainability & Engineering Academy.

Both sessions will include information on all three academies, and both take place at the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (ESC), 37 Hoffmans Crossing Road in Califon.

“We encourage current eighth-grade students and their families to learn more about our academies ahead of the Dec. 15 application deadline,” said Tanya Nalesnik, director of grants management, admissions and security for HCVSD. “We are looking for self-motivated students who want to challenge themselves academically, as well as take advantage of extracurricular opportunities to further explore careers in their desired fields. We help our students move throughout high school with purpose, working toward the common goal of finding success and fulfillment in their career.”

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HCVSD academies run out of custom-designed classroom spaces to guarantee a comprehensive, highly focused program that prepares them for college and career success. The district’s full-time academies include:

The Biomedical Sciences Academy is taught in a resource-rich classroom with separate lab and meeting space at North Hunterdon High School. The program is designed for students with an aptitude for this high-growth career field. It combines the strength of the Project Lead The Way curriculum with resources from multiple colleges and universities. Its hands-on experiences include capstone projects that encourage students to explore biomedical innovations and projects that use the program’s prized 6-foot Anatomage Table, which presents a fully segmented real human 3D anatomy system. Few institutions of learning have such a high-tech learning aid, with the exception of some medical schools.

The Computer Science & Applied Engineering Academy is taught at Voorhees High School in a space designed to foster creativity and collaboration and resemble the work environments of today’s tech leaders like Google. This program prepares students to excel in this high-demand field through a specialized curriculum that pulls from university coursework. Instruction covers various platforms and coding languages and exposure to specializations, such as digital electronics and cybersecurity. Hands-on instruction includes a capstone project and opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and talents in friendly competitions and to real-world projects.

The Environmental Sustainability & Engineering Academy is located at Voorhees High School, and students travel to the expansive property of the Hunterdon County ESC for labs. Students benefit from a customized classroom and endless opportunities for outdoor learning with open land, woods and a 2.5-acre pond literally right outside of their door. The program blends the best elements from Centenary University’s curriculum and Project Lead the Way’s nationally recognized curriculum for engineering. It focuses students’ learning on the important areas of renewable and sustainable energy, as well as environmental engineering.

All eighth-grade students in Hunterdon County are eligible to apply for any of the three HCVSD academies online at www.hcvsd.org, using the ‘Apply Today’ button at the top, right. Applications close Dec. 15 for the four-year programs beginning next academic year in fall 2020.

The three academies are among five distinct schools offered by Hunterdon County Vocational School District to serve high school and adult students. The largest is Hunterdon County Polytech Career & Technical High School, the district’s shared-time high school that prepares students for a seamless transition to college and career paths. HCVSD also operates an Adult and Continuing Education school. Learn more at www.hcvsd.org.