Schools and Programs
New Jersey residents can choose from many technical schools located throughout the state. Certificate and associate's degree programs offered at these colleges provide entry-level training in a variety of technical fields. Students can prepare for careers such as veterinary technician, lab assistant, auto mechanic, drafter, electronics technician, and computer repair technician.
Technical training programs often combine instruction with lab exercises. At the 2-year degree level, students could have the opportunity to participate in an internship. Associate degree programs also require the completion of general education courses, which address such relevant topics as math and the physical sciences. Completing a training program could also prepare graduates for further studies in 4-year degree programs before they enter the workforce.
Detailed below are two of New Jersey's larger community colleges providing technical and occupational training.
Schools At a Glance
|Schools||Location||Institution Type||Class Format|
|Bergen Community College||Paramus, NJ||2-year||On-campus, online|
|Brookdale Community College||Lincroft, NJ||2-year||On-campus|
Bergen Community College's Continuing Education Programs
Bergen Community College offers continuing education programs for students in order to help them enrich their development and career training. Programs include professional development for teachers, and other topics like business and industry, computer training, and health professions.
Professional Development for Teachers Programs
There are plenty of professional development for teachers programs from which to choose. Subjects include early care and education for director's academy, fundamentals of teaching, teacher assistant preparation, classroom management, and social thinking.
Certificate program topics include behavioral management, children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, and overview of disabilities.
Business and Industry Programs
Business and industry programs at Bergen Community College's Continuing Education department will help students learn how to build their own business or, perhaps, to make one better. Programs include workforce readiness, retail skills development, and business planning and consulting. Also offered is a certificate in business entrepreneurship.
Computer Training Program
This computer training program is designed for intensive learning. Certificate programs in computer training include AutoCad, Wordpress, web design, web development, and Microsoft Office and Quickbooks. Online courses are also available.
Health Professions Programs
Healthcare professional continuing education programs include life support training, nursing, and dental programs. A certified alcohol and drug counseling program is also offered, where students must complete an oral and written exam in order to complete, in addition to 3,000 supervised field hours.
Brookdale Community College's Technical Degree Programs
One of the larger institutions of higher learning in the Garden State, Brookdale Community College has a main campus in Lincroft and several satellite campuses throughout Monmouth County, NJ. As part of the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity, Brookdale Community College is connected to area universities that allow students to complete bachelor's degrees and graduate studies in some fields of study, including information technology.
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
Students enrolled in the automotive technology department associate's degree program learn to identify and repair mechanical problems in vehicles. The program offers specialties in automotive engineering, as well as 2-year internship program with a GM dealership. The automotive engineering technician associate's degree program stresses the mathematical and scientific principles of automotive design and technology.
Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology
This program was developed as a partnership between Brookdale Community College and FirstEnergy Corp to train skilled technicians for the utility industry. A substation option is offered in which students take a series of courses in substation technology, in addition to core courses that include electrical system design and computer aided circuit analysis.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology
Computer-aided circuit analysis, general physics and technical calculus are some of the required courses for this 2-year degree program. Adult students can pursue the electronic and computer technician option, which includes courses in digital circuits and microprocessors.
Associate of Applied Science in Network Information Technology
Students acquire skills in network installation, maintenance and repair in this program by becoming familiarized with a variety of network operating systems, networking tools and hardware platforms. In addition to general education requirements other courses include Internet security, wireless computing and router internetworking.