The Bergen County Technical Schools District was founded in 1951 to oversee the County's growing need for vocational education. The following year, Bergen County Vocational-Technical High School, the first full-time facility of its kind in the state, opened at 200 Hackensack Avenue. At that time, students studied the union trades of plumbing, carpentry, masonry, and electrical work.Museum building photo
Because technical and vocational schooling is always closely tied to the job market, the cornerstone of the district’s success has been its ability to adapt to the changing needs of local industry. When industry’s needs later changed from hand tools to computers, technical education had to adapt as well.
The district believed students needed strong academic and technical skills to meet the challenges of the future. In the late 1980s, the district began offering before- and after-school enrichment classes for students interested in high-tech areas such as computers, physics, and electronics. The program opened the world of modern vocational education to gifted and talented students. With the aid of a $6 million county bond, the district began to bring unparalleled technology to the county. Secondary students from throughout Bergen County used the campus’s computer and science labs in cooperative and exploratory programs. Middle school students—and their teachers—were exposed to new technologies through a program called ECEMS (Enrichment and Career Exploration in Math and Science). In-service workshops and a professional development school, Apple Academy East, one of the most successful test sites for Apple Computer, followed. These innovative offerings helped initiate full-time programs in technical, career-driven areas for talented students who wished to study in an exciting, non-traditional learning environment.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff of the Bergen County Technical Schools, I extend a warm welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. The start of a brand new school year is always an exciting time, not just for students and staff, but for parents as well.
To our entering freshmen, we encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be offered to you, from engaging in a wide variety of extracurricular activities or participating in academic and technical competitions, to joining sports teams or cultivating your musical and theatre skills. We are committed to providing you a supportive school environment that will enable you to achieve your academic, professional, and social goals. We encourage you to challenge yourself both academically and personally to develop your talents and skills.
Parents and guardians, I strongly encourage you to join your respective campus’s PPO, and attend the worthwhile presentations that are offered throughout the school year. Your participation in your child’s education is invaluable, and we appreciate the efforts made by all of our PPO members.
I look forward to welcoming our students to class on September 6, and wish all of them a successful and enjoyable school year.
Howard Lerner, Ed.D. Superintendent