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For Adult Students

Most county vocational-technical school districts offer programs for adults. These programs are highly focused, run 3 to 24 months, and often lead to industry-valued credentials and connections to increase job opportunities.

Some students earn as they learn through apprenticeships, and most find flexible day and evening offerings to accommodate prior work or family commitments.

NJCCVTS Spotlight on Adult Programs

18 school districts with full and part-time adult programs

Flexible day and evening classes suit work and family commitments

Highly focused career programs run 3-24 months

Connections to employers to increase job opportunities

Earn industry-valued credentials

Tuition assistance available for some programs

Apprenticeship instruction programs offered

How can you help me find an adult program?

The Find an Adult Program tool will help you identify available programs in your county or nearby, and provide links and contact information for finding additional information.

If you have yet to narrow down your career interests or goals, you can explore additional career resources by clicking on “Programs” at the top of this website.

The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools does not operate career programs or provide career counseling services. It collects and shares information from New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools.

What kinds of adult programs are available?

New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school districts offer a wide range of day and evening programs that help you advance – or even change – careers. Highly focused instruction leads to job preparedness and industry certifications in fields such as cosmetology, informational technology, dental assisting, nursing and medical assisting, culinary arts, HVAC, welding, plumbing, electrical trades, boiler operations, automotive technology, and more.

Use the Find an Adult Program tool to view adult career programs offered by New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school districts. Follow the link for the program that most interests you to learn more from the host district.

Do I need a high school diploma to enroll in an adult program?

Most career training programs require a high school diploma or equivalency credential.  Some county vocational-technical schools can help you earn a diploma or equivalency credential along with career training.

How long are the programs?

Adult career programs generally range from 3 months to 2 years, depending on whether they are full-time or part-time and include certification or licensing requirements.

Follow the link for the program that most interests you to learn more specifics from the host district.

How much do county vocational-technical school adult programs cost?

Tuition rates vary by county and program, but in most cases, county vocational-technical schools are less expensive than for-profit technical schools. Contact your school district directly for rate information.

Tuition rates may be higher if you enroll in an adult program located outside of the county where you live.

Can I get tuition assistance?

In some cases, tuition assistance is available. For more information, contact the adult education department at the county vocational-technical school district offering the program that interests you.

Do I have to be a resident of the county where the program is offered?

There is no residency requirement. You can cross county lines to enroll in a program that best supports your career goals. However, tuition rates may be higher if you are enrolled in an adult program outside of your county of residence.