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New Career Pathway for Students in North Arlington

New Career Pathway for Students in North Arlington


Picture of Pathway Students


Pictured from left to right (Kneeling):  Gabbriela Marques, Steven Bello, and Robert Jakiel.  Pictured from left to right (Standing): Lauren Johnson, School Counselor, Dennis Kenny, Assistant Principal (NAHS), Stephen Yurchak, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Dawn Fuller, School Counselor, Alyce Cusano, Supervisor of Guidance, and Patrick Bott, Principal (NAHS).


During the 2017-2018 school year, North Arlington Public Schools developed a unique partnership with Bergen Community College (BCC) and New Jersey City University (NJCU), called the Early College Program.  The Early College Program offers students the opportunity to earn an associate degree, while still in high school, followed by significant scholarship opportunities from NJCU upon graduation.  While the Early College Program enters its second year and continues to grow, a new program was established to provide students with an opportunity to begin a career immediately after high school. 


North Arlington Public Schools, in partnership with BCC, developed the Early Career Program, which offers 12th grade students the opportunity to concurrently earn certificates in Advanced Manufacturing, while also meeting the requirements to obtain a New Jersey high school diploma.  Students who complete the Early Career Program can earn credentials such as Certified Logistics Associate (CLA), Certified Logistics Technician (CLT), and Certified Production Technician (CPT), which have been accredited by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).  Students will be provided internship opportunities in the second half of the school year, which can lead to immediate career opportunities upon graduating from high school.

Superintendent of Schools, Stephen Yurchak, Ed.D., stated, “In recent years, the phrase, ‘College- and Career-Readiness,’ has been echoed throughout the state, but oftentimes, college seems to be the primary focus for schools and families.  Our goal is to make sure that every student who enters our school district will graduate with a post-secondary pathway to success.  We are all very proud of this group of students and know that they will be very successful after high school.”


Steven Bello, a senior at North Arlington High School, who is enrolled in the Early Career Program said, “I’m happy that this program was put into place because it’s going to give me a chance to establish a career right after high school.  It’s challenging right now, but I know that it will pay off in the end.”