Hunterdon County’s new 36,000-square-foot career and technical school building that will expand technological, trades and mechanical educational offerings took a major step toward reality this week, as county and school officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility’s construction.
The project represents a unique partnership with the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Students will become full-time learners of the Hunterdon County Vocational School District where they will take their career and technical education, or CTE, coursework in the new facility and walk across the campus to take their academic coursework at North Hunterdon High School.
Students will be eligible to attend these programs beginning in ninth grade. A full-time CTE program will allow students to increase their time in their CTE program of choice by more than double than that of a typical two-year shared-time program. In addition, students will have opportunities to earn additional industry certifications, as well as earn college credits while in high school and get a jumpstart on a Department of Labor-endorsed apprenticeship.
“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony is a historic day for Hunterdon County and our Vocational School District, also known as Polytech,” stated Commissioner Director John E. Lanza. “We are helping to lay the foundation for Hunterdon County’s long-term economic vitality and sustainability.”
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“As someone who works every day in the building construction industry, I see firsthand the shortages that our county, state and nation face in skilled labor,” added Commissioner Deputy Director Zach Rich, liaison to Polytech.
The $25 million cost of constructing the new career and technical facility will be offset with 75% funding from the state and the county’s 25% match is fully funded with no debt issued.
The new Polytech facility, on property located next to North Hunterdon High School, will boast six programs and will offer expanded career and technical training in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers, including Culinary arts & Hospitality; Welding Technology; Advanced Manufacturing & Aeronautical Sciences; Electrical Technology; HVAC/Plumbing Technology; and Diesel Technology.