Info sessions Oct. 12 and Oct. 24 will show off the benefits of HCVSD concentrations – Science-based academies make college and workforce connections

Two information sessions will introduce students and parents to the concentrated, career-focused style of instruction that is the hallmark of Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) academies. The events on Thursday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 24 will allow guests to meet the teachers as they detail the curricula, instructional methods and admission procedures for academies focused on environmental engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer science.

HCVSD’s academy model stands apart from other offerings at traditional high schools. While others list a set of courses under a broad umbrella, HCVSD academies guarantee a comprehensive, highly focused program with specific ties to college and career.

“There is no match in Hunterdon County for these specialized academies,” said Tanya Nalesnik, Coordinator of Student Services for HCVSD. “Academy students don’t just string together courses; they are steeped in their concentration area.”

The newest initiative is the Environmental Sustainability & Engineering Academy, which has a customized classroom surrounded by acres of land that make a perfect setting for outdoor learning. This one-of-a-kind program blends the best elements from a national curriculum for agricultural science, the Advanced Placement curriculum for environmental science, and the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum for engineering.

The Biomedical Sciences Academy is designed for students with an aptitude for this high-growth career field. It combines the strength of the Project Lead The Way curriculum with the accessibility of Rutgers School of Health Professions curriculum. Its hands-on experiences include capstone projects that encourage students to explore biomedical innovations.

The Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy prepares students to succeed at jobs in the high-demand tech field. Beyond its use of the Project Lead The Way and Advanced Placement curricula, this academy prepares students for college or workforce entry through hands-on instruction including a capstone project. Like other academies, it forges real-world connections with universities and other institutions.

Information about all three academies will be available during presentation sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 at North Hunterdon High School, 1445 NJ-31 in Annandale and on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission, 37 Hoffmans Crossing Road in Califon. Advance registration is not required.

The three academies are among five distinct programs offered by Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) 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 division. Learn more at