Preparation for Vocational Training - HSE / ESL

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

The following ESL programs are 'Avocational' English-As-A-Second-Language programs (or 'stand-alone' ESL programs). Avocational English-As-A-Second-Language prorgrams are not accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and do not qualify for Title IV Finanial Aid assistance.

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.

$275 per 80 hours (16 days)
Textbooks $28
$15 Registration and testing fee  (no-refundable)
Schedule 9:00 to 2:30 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 HSE 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 HSE Preparation Classes

HSE 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 HSE 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 HSE or Pre-HSE 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 HSE 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 other satellite sites.

To sign-up for FREE HSE Preparation Classes or FREE English Literacy and Civics and ESL Classes, click this link:

For more detailed information, call 201-343-6000, extension 4639 or come in person to the ESL/HSE office at 190 Hackensack Avenue in the Adult Education Building.


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