Salem Co. Vocational Technical Schools

by Meghan Shott | Feb 9, 2015
Salem Co. Vocational Technical Schools Salem County Vocational Technical Schools, located in Woodstown, offer a wide range of educational opportunities for high school and postsecondary students in Salem County. The schools include a Career & Technical High School, The Learning Center, SCSSSD Salem Campus, Adult Education and SBYS. SCVTS also has a partnership with four of the county’s high schools, Penns Grove, Pennsville Memorial, Schalick and Woodstown. Over 1,000 students and residents participate in the educational programs and services offered by Salem County Vo-Tech.

The Salem County freeholder board adopted a bond ordinance in December that would pay for a $3 millon expansion project at the school allowing for the building of seven classrooms and an expansion to the physical education facilities. District Superintendent Jack Swain also explained that the funding would allow the school to take in an additional 125 students and wouldn’t have to turn away students that want to attend classes there. The project is scheduled to be completed by November 2015, according to a South Jersey Times article.

The Career & Technical High School serves both full and shared-time students in grades nine through twelve. Career and technical programs offered include: The Air Force Junior ROTC (Military Science), Allied Health Professionals, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Computer Assisted Design and Drafting, Construction, Cosmetology, Electrical Technology, Graphics Technology, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, and Welding, according to the school’s website. Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, as well as participate in athletics and after school programs at their sending school.

There are also five Academy Programs at Salem County Career & Technical High School. Students can get hands on experience and learn skills that will prepare them for employment or for higher education leading to employment. The academies include the Academy of Biological and Medical Sciences, the Academy of Graphic Design in Multi-Media Technology, the Academy of Engineering and Technologies, the Academy of Performing and Creative Arts and the Academy of Communication and Information Technology.

Salem County Vo-Tech recently welcomed back a 1998 graduate of the school as their new pastry arts instructor. Bruce Connell worked all over the world after receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the Culinary Institute of America and has since come back to his former stomping grounds to instill motivation and new skills into his students. Mr. Connell is a great asset to the program and brings many new ideas like expanding the school’s culinary service and availability to the public, according to a South Jersey Times article from last fall. Seniors Ashley Cerasoli and Taylor Burkentine are just two of his pastry students.

The Learning Center at Salem County Vo-Tech is a nurturing, educational environment for children aged 2.5 to 5 years old. There are both toddler and preschool classes.

The Salem County Special Services School District serves students with disabilities with educational programs as well as therapy services. There is autism programs and multiple disabled programs, as well a transitional career program. Students are provided with many computer and technology related options and each of the school’s 10 classrooms has a variety of Apple computers with adaptive equipment that are used for programmed language, reading, creative writing and math.

Salem County Vo-Tech Schools Adult Education Program’s goal is to provide high quality and low cost training to prepare students for successful careers. Programs include adult vocational programs, adult basic education, the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), 21st Century Community Learning Center after school programs, and NJ Alternate Route Teacher Training. Students have the opportunity to study Cosmetology, Barbering, or Phlebotomy, as well as take classes to get a career as a Certified Nurse Aide, Long Term Care Specialist, Home Maker Home Health Aide or Medical Assistant/Multi-Skilled Technician. Students can also get their CPR/AED Certification at the school.

Salem County School Based Youth Services help teenagers enhance their education while coping with life’s challenges. The center, located on Salem County Vo-Tech’s campus, is a place where youth can go to talk out problems, figure out future plans or simply relax with peers.

Want to keep up with current events at Salem County Vocational Technical Schools? Check out their Facebook page, which is updated regularly: or the school’s Twitter account:

Salem County Vocational Technical Schools is located at 880 Route 45 in Woodstown. For more information on the school, call 856-769-0101 or visit

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Author: Meghan Shott


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