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Career and Continuing Education Courses are designed for adults who want to learn a trade or supplement the skills and technical knowledge they use in their present jobs. Serious "hobbyists" are welcome too.   Students in the Career and Continuing Education Program learn by doing. Classes are held in the Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools fully equipped shops and classrooms using modern tools, equipment and techniques.  Shop work is supplemented by the instruction in theory and principles of the trade.  We offer Evening Career & Continuing Education Courses, Monday through Thursdays.  Classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Instructors are teachers in the Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools Day Program and other highly skilled, experienced tradespeople.  No course credits are given in the Career and Continuing Education Program; however, each student with good attendance is given a certificate which indicates the number of hours attended.  Be sure to visit our brochure online for actual times and dates of specific courses/classes you might be interested in.  


Due to COVID 19 our testing center is closed.  We are planning to resume in the Fall of 2023 if administration allows. 

Register for the State GED Test: Our Testing Center is closed this semester - details to follow. 

  • Take the test in English or in Spanish!  Registration is a 2 step process - see https://www.pcti.tec.nj.us/programs/high-school-equivalency-testing-center and http://hiset.ets.org/ for details. The day of the test you will need  two (2) appropriate identifications, one must be a government issued photo ID and another form of ID with your home address such as a utility bill to prove you are a resident of New Jersey.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to take the test.  (16 and 17-year old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to complete a Consent to Participate form.)
  • No longer enrolled in a high school. (Bring Proof)
  • A Resident of New Jersey

How long are the Tests? 

  • The tests are 4-8 hours long.  Tests are scheduled on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  Schedule TBD
  • The High School Equivalency Testing Center is wheelchair accessible.  Tests are also available in Audio and Braille format.




The Adult Education Division offers the Licensed Practical Nursing Program that prepares the student for the New Jersey Board of Nursing Licensure Examination.  Our Program has the accreditation of the New Jersey Department of Education, the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the Board of Nursing. Day and Evening classes available. The Day Program is 12 months in duration, full-time days, Monday through Friday.  Our Evening Program will allow students to continue working during the day while attending school in the evening. The evening program is 24 months in duration, part-time evening, Mondays through Thursdays.  Clinical experience provides valuable, supervised, hands-on experience that augments the information learned in the classroom. Our Licensed Practical Nursing Program has graduated 65+ consecutive classes of LPNs since 1954.  It is available to qualified adult men and women.

The LPN Program offers the student a profession that supports advancement potential, economic security and personal satisfaction.  Graduates of this Program have served the community as nurses in area hospitals, nursing homes and home care.  Many of our graduates continue their education at a college in order to become a Registered Nurse.  The possibilities are interesting, challenging, and almost unlimited! For more information, please visit the LPN website https://www.pcti.tec.nj.us/lpn  or call 973-389-2020.


Apprenticeship is a proven method for training highly skilled workers through formalized on-the-job training (OJT) coupled with related theory instruction.  Approximately 800 occupations are currently recognized in the area of apprenticeship.  In New Jersey, apprenticeships are jointly registered and approved by the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (B.A.T.) and the Office of Apprentice Training, United States Department of Labor and Workforce.

Basic Components of an Apprenticeship

  • On-the-job supervised training
  • Predetermined rates of training pay
  • Specific ranges of skills
  • One occupation
  • Stated hours of related technical instruction
  • A written agreement between the program sponsor and the apprentice
  • Adequate Training facilities
  • Approved ratio of apprentices to skilled workers
  • Progressive wage schedule
  • Schedule of work for on-the-job training (OJT)
  • Non-discrimination in all phases of employment and training

A student must receive 2,000 hours per year of supervised OJT and attend at least 144 hours per year of approved related instruction.

Commonly Asked Questions

Who can become an apprentice?  Men and women, ages 16 and older, can be eligible for an apprenticeship if they meet the minimum educational and employment requirements of the sponsor/employer and are physically capable of performing all the tasks involved in the trade. 

How do you become an apprentice?  To become an apprentice, a candidate must be working in an occupation which qualifies for an apprenticeship.  The individual should discuss the training with his/her employer, then contact a County Apprenticeship Coordinator.  Personnel in these offices will provide additional information and will assist in the registration and approval process.

What is the advantage of completing an apprenticeship?  Upon completion of an apprenticeship, a student will receive a Certificate of Completion from both the United States Department of Labor and workforce, and the US Department of Labor.  

Passaic County Technical Vocational Schools provides opportunities for the related apprentice instruction.  For registration and more information about the apprentice program, please visit our website at https://www.pcti.tec.nj.us/programs/adult-education or call 973.389.4101.


English As A Second Language (ESL) 

PCTVS offers free instruction for adults who want to learn to speak, read and write English from September through June.   Please visit our webpage at https://www.pcti.tec.nj.us/parents/adult-learning-center or call us at 973-389-4101 for more infomation or to leave a message.  The Learning Center staff will return your call  during their office hours (Monday through Thursday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm while classes are in session).

Prerequisite:  Registration and testing are required prior to enrollment. In Person Registration any Tuesday or Thursday between 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Passaic County One Stop Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Paterson. 

The Adult Learning Center is located at 200 Memorial Drive, Paterson (across the street from the Panther Academy & PCCC).  Classes are held evenings only, Mondays thru Thursdays from 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm.  



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