Cumberland County Technical Education Center

CCTEC’s New Technical High School Opens with Grand Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Cumberland County Board of Vocational Education celebrated the grand opening of its brand-new $70 million Cumberland County Technical Education Center (CCTEC) today, with New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella as guest speakers. The high school offers Cumberland County eighth-graders dual credits and the chance to earn an associate’s degree while still in high school, as well as evening classes for adults.

“This is a groundbreaking achievement for Cumberland County and a very proud moment in South Jersey’s history,” said Sen. Sweeney. “The need for technically proficient workers in our area is greater than the current workforce can supply. CCTEC is spearheading the effort to train the next generation of skilled professionals right here in Vineland.”

“Our state’s future depends on the educational opportunities we provide for our youths,” said NJ Sen. Jeff Van Drew. “CCTEC represents the cutting edge of technology and innovation that fuels students’ drive to succeed and will bring greater prosperity to our region.”

“Businesses are looking for people who can demonstrate proficiency from day one,” said Joseph Derella, Cumberland County Freeholder Director. “CCTEC is not only ready to meet that demand, but will be recognized as a leader throughout the State of New Jersey in surpassing employers’ expectations.”

Members of the Board of Vocational Education praised CCTEC’s achievements and vision for the future.

“CCTEC attracts young people with a drive to succeed and a passion for their vocation,” said Daniel G. Vivarelli Sr., Board President. “It’s our responsibility and privilege to provide a state-of-the-art educational center with every resource they need to become leaders in their field.”

“We have a golden opportunity to make Cumberland County’s students the most technically skilled and qualified workers companies could ask for,” said Dr. Dina Rossi Elliott, Superintendent of CCTEC. “When our graduates enter their chosen careers, they already have hands-on experience in their profession, which is very valuable to employers.”

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees were invited to tour the 200,000-square-foot technical high school, which opens to students Monday, September 12th. The facility features a 12,200-square-foot gymnasium/auditorium, a 7,500-square-foot student-operated café, 78 custom-designed instructional spaces and a high-tech interactive media center designed for student collaboration.

CCTEC students have the option of taking college and university courses while still in high school, and can earn industry certifications as part of their coursework. Qualified Engineering Technology graduates are automatically accepted into the Rowan College of Engineering under an articulation agreement signed August 10th.

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