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Displaced Homemakers Center at the Bergen One-Stop

Displaced Homemakers Center at the Bergen One-Stop Program provides a variety of professional services to assist women who are separated, divorced, widowed, or spouse disabled, to make appropriate career decisions. Many of the programs and services offered are supported by state and federal grants and contracts. Every year, this unique program helps thousands of women to achieve self-sufficiency, learn English, improve basic literacy skills, and make improvements in their lives. Classes are available day and evening to meet your individual needs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Program Office for a schedule of workshops, educational programs and additional services.

REGISTRATION: Contact the Program Office
OFFICE LOCATION: 60 State Street, 2nd floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601-6637
OFFICE HOURS: Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. 
TELEPHONE: 201-329-9600, ext. 5533 or 5635 


  • Computer literacy classes
  • Resume writing
  • Professional career counseling (by appointment only)
  • Testing including vocational interest inventories, aptitude, personality 
  • Advocacy and referral

Career Exploration for Women in Transition: For women who are either entering the job market for the first time or re-entering after a prolonged absence, this intensive career exploration/life skills workshop is designed to assist women to successfully transition to the contemporary workplace.

Support groups for Women: Designed for women in transition (divorce, separation, and death of spouse) who need assistance to weather the financial, social and/or emotional storm.

Computer Literacy Classes:  Designed for beginners who need assistance with the basics: using a mouse, setting up an e-mail account, doing research  on the internet and creating a Word document.

Activities For Women’s History Month:  Designed to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of all women during the month of March. Workshops focus on health, fitness, nutrition and self-care.


Bergen County Technical Schools – Adult & Continuing Education

200 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Office Location: Adult Education Building

Paul Castiglia, Principal

Information, catalog requests and registration:

Call 201-343-6000 ext. 2288 or 2289

Visit us online at www.bergen.org

CAMPUS LOCATIONS – Travel Directions
Hackensack Campus (200 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack): Route 4 East to Hackensack Avenue South.
Campus is located directly south of Route 4 on Hackensack Avenue, next to Boston Market.
Teterboro Campus
(Route 46 West & Central Avenue, Teterboro): Route 46 toward Teterboro Airport.
Campusis located directly across from airport on Route 46 West.
Paramus Campus (E. 285 Pascack Road, Paramus): Ridgewood Avenue to Pascack Road. Campus is located onPascack Road, directly across from Bergen Regional Hospital.
2 Labor Day (Closed)
3 & 4 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
5 Rosh Hashanah (Closed)
9 – 12 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
16 – 19 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
19 Evening Classes Cancelled at Paramus and
Teterboro Campus
23 – 26 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

1 Recess (Closed, NO Registration, NO classes )
2 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
6 – 9 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
9 Evening Classes Cancelled at Paramus Campus ONLY
13 – 16 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (Closed, NO classes )
21 – 23 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
27 - 30 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
3 Evening Classes Cancelled at Hackensack Campus ONLY
16 Evening Classes Cancelled at Teterboro Campus ONLY
23 Evening Classes Cancelled at Paramus Campus ONLY
29 Evening Classes Cancelled at Teterboro Campus ONLY

3 - 6 Evening In-person Registration – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
17 & 18 Presidents’ Recess (Closed, NO classes )

MARCH 2014

7 & 8 NJEA Convention (Closed, NO classes )
14 Evening Classes Cancelled at Paramus and
Teterboro Campus
20 Evening Classes Cancelled at Teterboro Campus
28 – 30 Thanksgiving Recess (Closed, NO classes )
APRIL 2014
14 – 19 Spring Recess (Closed, NO classes )
MAY 2014
24 Memorial Day weekend (Closed, no classes )
26 Memorial Day (Closed, no classes )
June 2014
2 Early Spring Registration Begins
21 – 31 Recess (Closed, NO registration, no classes )
NOTE: Evening Division Students -
All weekday classes listed in this catalog are held in the evening hours.
All Saturday classes listed in this catalog are held in the morning hours.  





1.  Attend an Information Session. Information sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays at 1:00pm, and include a school/program overview, tour of the shops/classrooms and an opportunity to meet instructors.  Note: Be sure to complete the sign-in sheet, with all necessary information

2.  Submit a Completed Application. Complete the School’s application and return it to the Admissions Office, with a tuition deposit of $100 made by Check or Money Order payable toBergen County Technical Schools, Adult Day Division.  Cash, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. (If agency sponsored, the $100 deposit does not apply.)

3.  Submit Documentation. The following documentation Is Required:   ❏ High School, GED or  College Diploma   ❏ Mantoux (TB) results from Doctor or Local Health Department May be required:  ❏ TABE testing results   ❏ Transcripts   ❏ One-Stop Career Center (white) ID Card

4.  Schedule an Appointment with the Financial Aid Office  A meeting with the district’s Financial Aid Officer (Shakeena Grice, ext 2048) is necessary for all students enrolling in a program over 600 hours. Prior to meeting with Financial Aid Office  a)  Obtain a PIN number. Prior to completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a PIN number is required and can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov  b)  Prepare Document. To complete the FAFSA form, obtain the form labeled “Before Beginning a FAFSA - Documents Needed” from the admissions office  c)  Complete FAFSA Worksheet. FAFSA worksheet can be obtained online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or upon enrolling at BCTS.


Full Time Adult Day Program

The Adult Day Division offers the latest specialized, professional training for high-wage, high-demand occupations. Whether you are looking to upgrade your present skills, change your career, or are just starting out, our highly-qualified,
industry-certified instructors can provide you with a practical, hands-on approach to training in fields where skilled employees are needed. For a fraction of the cost of a private training institution, the Adult Day Division offers career
counseling, job placement assistance, and access to state-of-the-art equipment to enable you to master marketable job skills. Financial aid is available for those who qualify (subject to federal regulations). The Bergen County Technical School
District’s reputation and connections with local industry enhance our students’ opportunities for excellent job placement.


The Adult Division cannot guarantee employment. However, BCTS maintains an excellent reputation and has enabled a very high percentage of the program graduates to attain positions in their chosen fields. Students should consult the Adult JOB Opportunity board for job openings (located at The Bergen One-Stop Career Center, 60 State Street, Hackensack) or the following website: www.wnjpin.org

The current student handbook will provide you with information about the school, Admissions, Financial Aid and Information, Assesment and General Policies and Procedures. You will need to download the (free)  Adobe Acrobat Reader  to view and print the guide.



Call 201-343-6000 ext 2293 to schedule a date to test and register at our Center.

Must show two IDs:

Government issued photo ID

Proof of NJ residency


The complete test costs $92 (money order) but may be paid by the subjects taken at a cost of $20.40 per subject.


Must be a resident of New Jersey

Have not graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma

Must be at least 16 years old and officially withdrawn from school (16 & 17 must have a Consent to Participate form signed by parent or guardian). Official forms are available at our Center or your school

BCTS Testing Center is wheelchair accessible. Tests are also available in SPANISH, AUDIO, BRAILLE, and LARGE PRINT format.


Complete test (two-day) Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:30am-2:30pm (must arrive by 9:00am) (7 ½ hr test)

Retesters- Alternate Mondays (time determined by subject)

Office Location:
11 Carol Court Building, 200 Hackensack Avenue
(PAL entrance - close to Rte. 4 )
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

201-343-6000 ext. 2293  


Successful businesses maximize profits and productivity by expanding and upgrading the skills of their largest resource, their employees. BCTS with over 50 years of experience in the education of adults, is one of the area's richest training resources available to companies in the metropolitan area, from the fully equipped, cutting-edge training facilities to expert instructors. BCTS can deliver customized, innovative training programs and assist companies in the realization of their goals. To learn more about developing programs specific to your company's needs, please call 201-343-6000 ext. 2047 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Benefits of BCTS Customized Training Program

  • Training is offered where and when you need it-at your facility or our state-of-the-art training facilities conveniently located throughout Bergen County.
  • A team of qualified professionals will develop an in-depth assessment and action plan making  recommendations specific to your company's needs.
  • Industry certification is available in most areas of instruction.
  • Your company may qualify for funding as part of the New Jersey Department of Labor's Customized Training Grants.

Customized Training Available for:  

Construction Trades

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • High & Low Pressure License
  • AC & Refrigeration
  • CFC/R-410A Certification
  • Blue Print Reading
  • OSHA Safety Certification

Basic Skills

  • English Proficiency
  • High School Equivalency/GED
  • Computer, MS Office
  • Internet & Email
  • Trades or Business Math
  • Reading & Writing

Computer Technology

  • Cisco Regional Center
  • DELL Academy
  • Adobe
  • Apple Academy East
  • AutoDesk Training Center
  • Bridgeport EZ-Cam
  • Comptia A+ Certification
  • Panduit Voice & Data

Preparation for Vocational Training - GED / ESL

Bergen county Technical School offers pre-career and training preparation in English language instruction and GED preparation,. Pre-career preparation is necessary for applicants whose skills or credentials do not enable them to be successful in training programs.

English for Employment and Training

An intensive program enabling participants to improve language skills for further educational training and/or better employment preparation. In addition to improving language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, students are exposed to American culture and customs. They become familiar with job search techniques and acquire basic computer literacy. All students have access to our state of the art computer lab. Students are encouraged to continue EET until their skills are at a level that meets their goals.

$270 per 80 hours (16 days)
Textbooks $25
Schedule 9:00 to 2:00 Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday


The New Jersey Department of Labor, Office of One-Stop Programs and Services, funds part-time classes for adults to improve their English language skills or obtain a GED diploma. Classes are free to participants and times and locations vary as classes are held throughout the county. Students may attend two mornings, afternoons or evenings for a total of 4 to 6 hours per week, depending on the class.

FREE GED Preparation Classes

GED Preparation is intended for persons who, for any number of reasons, have missed their first opportunity to complete a high school program of instruction. The GED tests can be administered only to persons who are at least 16 years old, have not graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma, and are not currently enrolled in a regular high school. Participants take a placement test and are placed in GED or Pre-GED level classes. All students study reading comprehension in the area of Social Studies, Literature and Science, as well as Mathematics and Writing. Anyone who adheres to the school attendance policy and makes progress is encouraged to remain in the GED Prep program until she/he obtains a diploma.

FREE English Literacy and Civics and ESL Classes

English Literacy and Civics and Part-Time ESL Classes enable participants to acquire improved language and citizenship skills and participate in post-secondary education, training, unsubsidized employment or career advancement. Instruction is at the main location in Hackensack and satellite sites in Fort Lee, Garfield, Englewood, East Rutherford, and Leonia. There is usually a waiting list for part-time ESL classes.

For more detailed information or to register for all pre-career programs, call 201-343-6000, extension 4639 or come in person to the ESL / GED office at 200 Hackensack Avenue in the Adult Education Building.

Office Location:

Office Hours:

200 Hackensack Avenue
Adult Education Building, Hackensack, NJ 07601
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
201-343-6000 ext. 4639

For a full school day closing, an announcement for the "Bergen County Technical Schools" is broadcast on the following radio and television stations: 

WOR 710       (AM radio)                 
WINS 1010     (AM radio)
WVNJ 1160     (AM radio)                 
NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY    (TV station)

You may also call the school at 201-343-6000 to listen to a recorded message beginning at 6:30 am, or contact the Adult & Continuing Education Division at ext. 2052 or 2289. Evening classes are ALWAYS CANCELLED when the Bergen County Technical Schools are closed.

Information will also be posted on our website at http://bcts.bergen.org

Please do not contact the Police Department for snow and/or emergency closings.  


MAIL-IN REGISTRATION - Not Available for Aprenticeship Registration





MUST BE DONE IN-PERSON ONLY FOR THESE COURSES. CALL THE APPRENTICESHIP COORDINATOR, JIM CONNORS AT 201-343-6000 EXT. 8454 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FOR APPRENTICESHIP REGISTRATION HOURS.



Adult & Continuing Education Part-Time Evening Program website!

Part-Time Evening Brochure
We offer quality education in a variety of technologies for Evening students in current, state-of-the-art facilities. Please take a moment to review our information and browse our courses.  We thank you for choosing us to meet your continuing education needs and look forward to serving you now and in the future!


General:  Adult programs are open to persons over the age of 16, who can profit from training, are capable of performing the course work, meet prerequisite requirements, and can pay the applicable fees.

High School Students: High School students 16 years or older may enroll in Adult Education classes if they secure written permission from a parent or guardian and high school guidance counselor prior to registration.

Older Adults: Persons 60 years of age or older may attend any Adult Education class at a 50% tuition discount and pay applicable book, out-of-county or other fees.

County of Bergen Employees: Employees of the “County of Bergen” who enroll in part-time classes related to their employment will receive a tuition discount of 25% and pay applicable book, out-of-county or other fees. The employee must present a letter from the County of Bergen at the time of registration stating that the course is directly related tohis/her job. Class placement is subject to space availability provided that tuition-paying students constitute the minimum number of students required to run a course.

Out-of County Residents: Out-of County residents will be accepted. An additional fee of$25 will be charged at thetime of registration for each and all courses.

Late Registration Fee: An additional fee of$25 will be charged for those who register on or after the start date for each and all courses. Apprenticeship students will be charged $50 for late fall registration, and $25 for late spring registration.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

When the school cancels a course, 100% of course fees will be refunded. The school reserves the right to cancel classes due insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified by phone when a class is cancelled. Please provide a daytime AND evening telephone number. A student wishing to withdraw from class must do so in writing. Please address your letter to Administrator, Adult & Continuing Education, BCTS, 200 Hackensack Avenue, Adult Education Building, Hackensack, NJ 07601 Failure to attend class does not constitute an official withdrawal from class. NO refunds will be given to students who have attended one full class session. Refund requests MUST be received no later than two weeks after the start date of the class.

Class Size, Placement, & Schedules

A minimum of 12 students is required to begin most courses. Every attempt will be made to maintain the class schedule and locations as printed. The school, however, reserves the right to make changes. The program and requirements are subject to change without notice at any time, at the discretion of the school. The school expects that each student read and comply with regulations set in the catalog, other school publications and announcements. All students will be scheduled into classes based on availability and discretion of the administration.


The purchase of textbooks and materials may be required for certain classes and is the responsibility of the student. On the first night of class, your instructor will inform you where you can purchase the necessary text and/or materials. The Adult Education Office will not be purchasing books for direct sale to students.

Safety, Accidents & School Insurance

All students must comply with safety regulations. Safety instruction is an integral part of all laboratory and shop classes. According to Board Policy, the individual accepts responsibility for his/her own safety. The Board does not accept liability for accidents that occur due to human error or negligence. For protection and safety, some courses may require students to purchase safety equipment such as glasses, helmets, and gloves. Students in all shops are required to wear OSHA-approved safety glasses. All accidents must be reported immediately to the Adult Education office. The Bergen County Technical Schools' Board of Education does not pay any medical or hospital bills incurred as a result of an accident.

Emergency School Closings

In the event of weather or other emergency situations, school closing announcements will be made periodically on the following radio stations: WWDJ - 970 AM, WINS - 1010 AM. Or call Bergen County Technical Schools at 201-343-6000, ext. 2052 or 2289. Evening classes are ALWAYS CANCELLED when the Bergen County Technical Schools are closed. Please do not contact the Police Department for snow and/or emergency closings.


Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and on all grounds of the Bergen County Technical Schools. The use of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited on school property. Violators lose their rights to training. The Bergen County Police will be notified immediately. Proper conduct is required of adult students at all times. The Principal reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not comply with school rules and regulations.


Parking in a designated Fire Lane or other prohibited areas is strictly prohibited. Violators may be ticketed by the Bergen County Police. Please lock your car - the District is not responsible for theft or damage to your vehicle on school property. 200 Hackensack Avenue campus: Parking is not available to students in the upper South parking lot, which is reserved for faculty.