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Big Changes start paying-off for the Hopatcong Borough School District

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The Hopatcong Borough School District announced today that starting in September 2020, the district will have three official NJDOE-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs eligible for Federal Grants.

Approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs:

  • Child Care
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Cosmetology

Pending Approval (Late 2020 - 2021):

  • Athletic Training
  • Construction

HopatcongDistrictPositiveChanges In1Superintendent, Mr. Arthur DiBenedetto took the helm at the Hopatcong Borough School District in 2018, and now just two years later Hopatcong is starting to realize the benefits of his five-year vision for the district.

Now accompanied by the recent hiring of Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo, together these two Superintendents along with assistance from the BOE seem unstoppable in their quest to bring the district into a world-class educational facility.

In order to qualify for the federal grant funds through the Carl D. Perkins grant, the district will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm in the Hopatcong High School Cafeteria to meet with our community members and stakeholders to gain insight and feedback on these programs.

Public Meeting:

Date: Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

Location: Hopatcong High School Cafeteria

Press Release from the District:

The Hopatcong Borough School District is proud to announce that beginning in September 2020, we will have three official NJDOE-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs running at the high school. CTE programs are three-course sequences that allow students to “major” in a topic while in high school and gain relevant employable skills and certifications in that field.

These new programs are in partial fulfillment of the vision the Superintendent and I laid out in the summer which is to serve the needs of all students and build Hopatcong into a truly comprehensive high school.

The three programs that have been approved are Child Care, Broadcast Journalism, and Cosmetology. Athletic Training and Construction are two other programs that are in development with the hope of beginning at some point in late 2020, or 2021.

As of result of our program approval, Hopatcong Borough School District will now be eligible to receive federal grant funds through the Carl D. Perkins grant. According to the new Perkins V regulations which were recently adopted, each school district with a CTE program looking to qualify for Perkins funds must submit a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) every two years beginning this April.

One of the elements needed to complete this CLNA is that we meet with our community members and stakeholders to gain insight and feedback on these programs. Therefore, we are asking that all Hopatcong community members with an interest in education, a background in one of the five career areas listed, or connections to these fields attend our CLNA Stakeholder Engagement meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm in the Hopatcong High School Cafeteria.

Please send all questions or comments to jpiccirillo@hopatcongschools.org. Thank you.


 

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