Ying Zhang of Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Academy of Finance was invited to participate in the highly competitive NAF 2017 Bank On It Tournament after she was declared the champion among her classmates.

The tournament functions as an online competition that challenges the knowledge of students in the topics of business and industry at the staff accountant level. The board of the game is modeled after Monopoly and students build up their banks by correctly answering questions. There’s even the unfortunate opportunity for players to be audited. Should they not answer questions correctly, they can lose up to 35% of their funds.

Over the past few months, Ying quickly advanced from PCTI to the rounds one and two of the nationwide tournament. She was eventually named among the final four and traveled to Dallas, Texas on July 11th to compete at the Bank On It Tournament at the 2017 NAFNext Conference. It was a close call and Ying gave it her all. She eventually placed 3rd in the nation!

Congratulations to this PCTI senior for achieving this outstanding feat!

PCTI senior Ying Zhang (center right, Paterson) is joined by other final four members of the Bank On It Tournament at the 2017 NAFNext Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Engineering students of Passaic County Technical Institute developed an award winning and innovative idea when they participated in the Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge. Their concept, “a phone dock that converts a Nokia smart phone into a traditional desktop computer,” allowed users to be productive at work, school, or home,” and garnered the PCTI team’s first place accolades!

PCTI students competed against four other teams for the winning title, including JA Finland, JA Israel, Junior Achievement of Chicago, and JA Spain. Each team was required to submit a concept paper and presentation. The key criteria for evaluating teams were based on innovation and the future, in addition to how well each team captured the idea, studied and researched, thought about the business case, and defined real-world use cases.

For their win, PCTI students were recipients of certificates and Amazon gift cards.

The Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge was a collaboration between JA STEM Innovation Camps and Nokia and encouraged high school students to develop their idea-generation and collaboration techniques to arrive at viable solutions to real-world problems.

PCTI School to Careers Advisor Mark Cacace (Vernon), Engineering Instructor Angelo Cassili (Monroe) joins Engineering students Iftekhar Ahmed (Paterson), Reynol Tejada (Clifton), Juan Escudero (Paterson), Victor Caraballo (Hawthorne), Kayden Bevando (Clifton), and Ethan Singh (Wayne) along with Junior Achievement of New Jersey representatives, Alicia Fusco (AVP Student Leadership Programs) and Gioia Kennedy (Senior Manager), to celebrate PCTI’s first place win in the Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge!

For the second year in a row, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) welcomed 7th and 8th grade students from July 24th through August 4th for an enriching Summer STEM Academy experience! Those in attendance chose one of three areas of study: Pre-Engineering, Computer Science, or Bio/Environmental Science.

The academy ran from 9am to 12pm, with students participating in cross-curricular group challenges, as well as individual projects in their program area. Current PCTI students volunteered their time to act as teacher’s assistants.

The enriching two week experience gave participants a glimpse into the future of PCTI high school students. In 2018, the school will open its very own academy dedicated to the STEM field.

PCTI’s Summer STEM Academy seeks to gauge the interest of middle school students across Passaic County and to provide enriching and educational experiences to future engineers, scientists and technology experts in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Pre-Engineering students build a robot with assistance from a TA Akash Rana (Clifton) at PCTI’s Summer STEM Academy.

Bio/Environmental Science students discover the wonder of the fossils during PCTI’s Summer STEM Academy.

A Computer Science student, assisted by Przemyslaw Juniewicz (North Haledon), a TA of PCTI’s Summer STEM Academy, learns to code with the help of engaging game software.

Lincoln of Wayne awarded Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Education Foundation with an eight thousand dollar check in light of the high school’s participation in their “Driven to Give” event, an initiative that exchanged faculty test drives for scholarship funds to benefit student and teacher educational endeavors.

The initiative was spearheaded by PCTI’s Education Foundation, an organization which is known for reaching out to regional, business, and community groups to raise funds for the educational enrichment of students and teachers. Education Foundation President Al Alexander and Chief School Administrator Diana C. Lobosco accepted the donation from Lincoln of Wayne President, Peter Spina Sr. and General Manager Peter Spina Jr.

Lincoln of Wayne President Peter Spina Sr. (right) and General Manager Peter Spina Jr. (left) join PCTI Chief School Administrator Diana C. Lobosco (center left) and PCTI Education Foundation President Al Alexander (center right) in delivering the “Driven to Give” event check that will benefit student and teacher educational endeavors at Passaic County Technical Institute.

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is providing incoming seniors with the tools necessary to succeed in their academic careers. The summer program, Rising Seniors College Application Bootcamp, welcomed a hundred and twenty-five students during August 2nd & 3rd to attend workshops that prepared them for college. Workshops included breakout sessions in writing college essays, navigating the Common Application, how to manage stress, and more.

The Bootcamp was run by PCTI’s Counseling Department and featured guest speaker Jadihel Rodriguez from FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, who answered questions about the college application process.

PCTI Guidance Counselors Alima Pudup (Wayne) and Stacey Pinto (Elmwood Park) brainstorm ideas with students for their college essays.

PCTI Guidance Counselor Sara Abdelhadi (North Bergen) hosts a breakout session about how to manage stress.