Hunterdon County Vocational School District will unveil its newly outfitted Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy next fall at Voorhees High School. The new location will allow the academy to expand and meet the consistent demand for the careers intensive focus in the field of computer science.
HCVSD opened the academy three years ago with classes held at Delaware Valley Regional High School. The CSAEA was the district’s first academy model, offering a cohesive and rigorous curriculum with opportunities for college-level credit and on-the-job experiences. CSAEA students who currently take classes at DVRHS will continue there through their graduation. Next year’s freshmen will start their program in a redesigned space at Voorhees High School.
“The Voorhees location will allow us to take four or five additional students into this highly selective academy each year,” said Jessica Cangelosi-Hade, HCVSD Director of Curriculum and Academies. “This is one of the more popular academies in the district, and the career forecast shows continued growth.”
Cangelosi-Hade described the vision for the new space as “a la Google,” with wide flexibility in room configuration. It’s already being dubbed a workspace rather than a traditional classroom. She envisions individual laptop computers, but also shared screens for collaboration, and work surfaces that can serve one student or be arranged into two-, three-, or four-student pods.
While the location will change, the academy model will not. The CSAEA will continue teaching various platforms and coding languages. Its students will complete team projects that emulate real-world career tasks. They’ll sample computer science specializations like simulation and modeling, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. Senior year capstone projects will require students to design and deliver software solutions to real-world problems.
“The new location at Voorhees will provide not only more space, but the opportunity to design that space nearly from scratch,” said Tanya Nalesnik, Coordinator of Student Services for HCVSD. “We will create a classroom that feels like the creative, flexible workspaces used by leading tech companies.”
In addition to the Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy, HCVSD operates two other full-time academies that focus on biomedical sciences and environmental engineering. The application process for 2018-19 freshman enrollment is open through Dec. 15.
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, 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 atwww.hcvsd.org.