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About Adult Education

Whether you are changing careers, upgrading your present skills or just starting out, Adult Education at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools is the place to begin! Today’s global economy relies upon a skilled workforce as the foundation of its success and Adult Education at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School is dedicated to its role in the county to provide outstanding postsecondary career skills training. Established in 1914 as the first county vocational school district in the United States; Director of Adult Education Dawn M. Lystad reports that the mission remains true to its original purpose of training students to enter the industry of the community, while remaining affordable to county residents.

Adult Evening School, Certificate Programs, Apprenticeship Training, Customized Training & Special Programs and the Practical Nursing Program comprise the wide-ranging areas of Adult Education.


Adult Evening School

If you to update your skills or short-term career skills training, Adult Evening School offers more than one-hundred fifty courses during Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters. You can take a course in agriscience, automotive tech, commercial art, computer applications, computer assisted drafting, electrical trades, construction trades, health and safety education, masonry and welding, to name a few. So if it’s time to get started or time to start over, browse the Adult Evening School catalog, register online, print out your receipt and bring it with you to the first night of class.


Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs are designed for individuals interested in changing careers, starting a career or looking to change classifications or acquire new skills within a career area. Successful completers of a sequence of courses earn a certificate and in some cases credit hours earned may be applied to a registered apprenticeship program. Some of the programs we offer are   Automotive Technology, Electrical Technology, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology and Plumbing. For an application, register online or call 732-257-3300 ext. 1925.   Certificate Programs start September each year.

Apprenticeship Training

Registered Apprenticeship is an effective combination of structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction at no cost to the employer. This nationally recognized, post-secondary training is competency based and/or time-based and industry-driven for a vast range of occupations. An employer can sponsor employees who work on a full time basis. Apprenticeship Training Programs range from one to six years in duration, depending upon occupation and job title. Apprentices receive a minimum of 2000 hours per year of on-the-job training by the sponsor. At Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, apprentices attend related instruction classes two to three evenings per week from September through March. Apprenticeable occupations include: Air Conditioning & Heating, Office Occupations, Electrical Trades, Pipefitting and Plumbing and many more. For more information about Apprenticeship please call Dawn M. Lystad at 732-257-3300 ext. 1924.

Customized Training

Adult Education is also a Customized Training provider. We provide on-campus, off-campus, and on-site training for firms and organizations, which require customized or specialized training or testing for employees or members. A class, course program, or workshop can be developed to address a client’s needs. Performance and written testing is available and safety and skill training is not limited to courses listed in our catalog. For more information about Customized Training, call Dawn M. Lystad at 732-257-3300.

Practical Nursing

If you are interested in a career in the health care industry, the Practical Nursing program is an excellent choice. The program has been nationally recognized by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for having a 90% passing rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. This outstanding achievement supports the overall rigor of the practical nursing program and the dedication of an outstanding faculty. Practical Nursing is offered at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools' - Piscataway Campus. Students may apply to take the 15 month day-time program. The rigorous Practical Nursing curriculum includes instruction in Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Contemporary Health Issues, Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing, and Pediatric Nursing. To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must have a High School diploma or G.E.D., successfully complete the Practical Nursing program and pass a licensing exam. For an application call the Health Occupations Office at 732-985-0717 extension 2274.



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