WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Essex County West Caldwell Tech is in the midst of a $30 million expansion and renovation that, according to the press release they issued, “will ensure classes are being held in modern settings that can accommodate the curriculum.”

The 50-year-old building, which was a warehouse prior to its current iteration, will gain a two-story addition in the front of the school as well as an outdoor courtyard.

The renovations will include:

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  • A new Career & Technical Education (CTE) Construction Lab
  • A new Greenhouse and renovated space for the Agricultural Science CTE Lab
  • An outdoor courtyard which the Agricultural Science program will use
  • A new Media Center
  • Three Life Skills classrooms, two Community Living rooms and one Retail Classroom for special services students
  • A renovated cosmetology facility with an adjoining classroom
  • An updated cafeteria and new kitchen facilities
  • Renovations to the culinary and baking CTE Labs
  • Updated school administrative offices
  • Eight new math and four new language art classrooms
  • A new weight room for physical education class and athletics
  • A new aerobics/dance room for physical education and the performing arts program
  • An enhanced Music Production facility
  • New security equipment to monitor the interior and exterior of the facility

Essex County Schools of Technology Superintendent Dr. James Pedersen expressed gratitude to County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. “On behalf of our students, I want to thank County Executive DiVincenzo for providing the resources to build modern school buildings for our students.”

He continued, “Providing up-to-date facilities allows us to create classrooms that complement and support our curriculum. This investment shows our commitment to education and preparing our students for their future,”

The Essex County Vocational Technical School District, one of New Jersey’s first vocational school, is one of the state’s largest vocational tech school systems. Dating back to 1914, the school system offers occupational and academic instruction for high school and adult students.

Essex County’s Vocational Schools consist of Newark Tech, Payne Tech and West Caldwell Tech. The newly built Donald M. Payne, Sr. campus in Newark replaced Bloomfield Tech and North 13th Street Tech in 2018. After the completion of the West Caldwell campus, scheduled for the end of 2021, the state will renovate Newark Tech.

Approximately 2,200 students attend the schools, which provide state-of-the-art career skill development and academic subjects in over 25 occupational areas.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., shared, “The future is becoming reality as our vocational technical school district continues to implement cutting edge technology into the classroom that is challenging our students, allowing them to thrive and preparing them for a variety of professional careers.”

For more information on Essex County’s Vocational Technical Schools, visit www.essextech.org.