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School Profile

The School

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is a 28-time national award-winning, comprehensive high school serving 3,200 students in grades 9-12. Located on a 55+ acre campus in Wayne, NJ, the school receives students from all municipalities in Passaic County. Over 350 faculty members deliver the curriculum of 200 courses and career areas.

A student can:
  • Earn 30 college credits in high school
  • Gain both on-campus and on-the-job experience in 30 different careers
  • Join one of PCTI’s 14 popular programs of study
  • Take part in dozens of community service projects
  • Enjoy the excitement of the winning PCTI athletic program in more than two dozen sports – hundreds of young adults learning, first hand, about sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Compete in academic, artistic, and vocational forums for state and national honors
  • Benefit through the "Attitude is Everything" and "It Starts with One" campaigns

Awards and Achievements

The following highlights a number of recent PCTI honors…
  • More than $750,000 in grants, scholarships, and financial aid was awarded to 2014 graduates
  • An athletic powerhouse with eight state championships and many legendary accomplishments, among boys’ and girls’ teams
  • More than 200 students of the graduating class of 2014 received local, state, and national honors for superior academic, career, & athletic achievements
  • Prestigious scholarship awards from colleges/universities, business and civic organizations
  • National, state, and local recognition for extraordinary patriotic and extensive community service
  • Twenty-seven student organizations help the needy and strenghthen civic responsibility

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a PCTI diploma, a student must earn a total of 167.5 credits which include the following:

English   20 credits
Mathematics   15 credits
Social Studies   15 credits
Physical Education   15 credits
Health Education   5 credits
World Language   5 credits
Science   15 credits
Electives*   15 credits
Financial Literacy   2.5 credits
Visual and Performing Arts   5 credits
Career Exploration & CTE Program   55 credits

*Included in the Vocational Studies. Each student is required to complete three years of Technical/Vocational training of which 15 credits must be successfully earned in grade 12. Pupils must satisfactorily complete no less than thirty credits in one occupational area of specialization.

Career and Technical Educational Programs

Students can apply to:
    • Academy of Finance
    • Academy of Medical Arts
    • Academy of Information Technology
    • School of Automotive Technology
    • School of Applied Technology
    • School of Business Careers
    • School of Communication Arts
    • School of Construction Technology
    • School of Cosmetology
    • School of Culinary Arts
    • School of Engineering Technology (Project Lead the Way)
    • School of Education/Human Services
    • School of Performing Arts
    • School of Service Careers

Majors include: Accounting, Advertising Art & Design, Video Production, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Child Development, Computer Science, Cosmetology/Manicuring, Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Culinary Arts, Drafting/CAD, Early Childhood/Education, Electrical, Electronics, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Arts, Human Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical/Health Care, Office Administration, Performing Arts, Plumbing/Heating, Welding, and a host of other important careers.

Extracurricular Programs

There are over 50 athletic and co-curricular programs offered to students at PCTI. The high school participates in the Northern Hills Conference and has won state, county, and league championships in numerous sports from football to basketball, volleyball to track and wrestling. Among the 3,200 students, most participate in one or more of 27 student organizations including Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, Peer Leadership, Gifted / Talented, as well as service clubs in Business, Finance, and Health.


Post High School Plans

  4yr/2yr University /College   86%
  Business/Technical Schools   5%
  Military Service   3%
  Work   6%
  Grading System    
  Grade Numeric G.P.A
  A+ 98-100 4.2
  A 92-97 4.0
  A- 90-91 3.8
  B+ 88-89 3.5
  B 82-87 3.0
  B- 80-81 2.8
  C+ 78-79 2.5
  C 72-77 2.0
  C- 70-71 1.8
  D+ 68-69 1.5
  D 65-67 1.0
  F 0-64 0.0
  I= Incomplete  
  M= Medical Excuse  
  NC= No Credit  
  E= Excellent  
  S= Satisfactory  
  N= Needs Improvement  
  U= Unsatisfactory  
  Principal's Honor Roll    
  A or B in all courses & minumum of 3.8 GPA
  Honor Roll    
  A or B in all courses


Post-Secondary Placement

Graduates of PCTI traditionally attend four-year colleges and universities in the Northeast, two-year institutions in the county and state, as well as a wide variety of technical and career schools. PCTI maintains a local and statewide reputation of excellence.

Counseling Department

Thirteen full-time, on-site counselors are assigned to PCTI students by their chosen career areas.

Vocational Area Grade(s) Councelor
Admissions, Crisis Counselor    
Academy of Finance 10-12 Lauretta Cregar
Advertising Art/Desing 9-12  Miguel Orejas
Automotive 9 Stacey Pinto
Business  10-12 Marianne Lobue
Business 9 and 12 Lauretta Cregar
Catpentry 10-12 Wilford Guevara
Collision 10-12 Stacey Pinto
Computer Repair 9-12 Debra Lewis
Computer Science 9-12  Debra Lewis
Construction 9 Wilford Guevara
Cosmetology & Manufacturing 9-12 Bertha Hannigan
Culinary Arts 9-12 Stacey Pinto
Drafting 9-12  Wilford Guevara
Educational/Child Development 9-12 Bertha Hannigan
Electric/House/Wiring 10-12 Wilford Guevara
Electronics 9-12 Miguel Orejas
Engine Mechanics 10-12 Stacy Pinto
Graphic Arts 9-12 Katrina Najem
Landscape Design 9-12 Rolando Watley
Law Enfrorcements/Criminal Justice 9-12  Rolando Watley
Manufacturing Technology 9-12 Stacey Pinto
Medical Arts 10-12 Cathy Nolan
Medical Arts 9 and 12 Nicole Christian
Performing Arts 9-12  Katrina Najem
Plumbing 10-12 Wilford Guevara
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) 9-12 Miguel Orejas
Refrigeration/AC 9-12 Nicole Christian
Special Needs (A-L) 9-12 Laura Vacca
Special Needs (M-Z) 9-12 Wilford Guevara
Video Production 9-12 Nicole Christian
Welding 10-12 Wilford Guevara

Summary list of schools PCTI 2014 graduates are attending:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Barry Unirsity
  • Bergen Community College
  • Berkeley College of Business
  • Bloomfield College
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Caldwell University
  • Cazenovia College
  • Centenary College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Central Penn College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Coffeyville Community College
  • Culinary Institute of Virginia
  • Delaware State University
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry University
  • Dominican College of Blauvelt
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Fairleigh Dickingson University
  • Felician College
  • Five Towns College
  • Fordham University
  • Fortis Institute in Wayne
  • Globe Institute of Technology
  • Hampton University
  • Hawaii Pacific Universiy
  • Herkimer County Community College
  • High Point University
  • Howard University
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kean University
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Marist Collge
  • Miami International University of Art & Design
  • Misericordia University
  • Mobile Technical Training
  • Monmoth University
  • Monroe College
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Newbury College
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Northampton Community College
  • Norwich University
  • Ocean County College
  • Pace University
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Philadelphia University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Peter's University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Stevens Institute of Technolgy
  • Syracuse University
  • Teterboro School of Aeronautics
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Scranton
  • Trinity Baptist College
  • University of Delaware
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Winconsin, Milwaukee
  • Utica College
  • Valley Forge Christian Collge
  • Wesley College
  • Western Governors University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute