Senior at Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI), Thanya Begum, has been recognized as a National QuestBridge Scholar and will be attending Princeton University on a full scholarship! She was one of 16,000 applicants from across the country to be considered for the QuestBridge Scholar Program.

The powerful platform connects bright youths with leading institutions of higher educations. Participants must rank in the top ten percent of their class, take challenging courses and receive primarily A’s, and achieve higher than a 1310 on SAT/PSAT, as well as an ACT composite score of 28.

Thanya Begum is the sole senior from Passaic County Technical Institute to receive the outstanding honor this year. She currently ranks in the top one percent of her class with a GPA of 4.55 and has the potential to graduate with an astonishing thirty-nine college credits! Thanya has also been recognized as a Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honor. She will study Mechanical/Software Engineering at Princeton University to further her understanding of coding and robotics.

PCTI senior Thanya Begum (Paterson) has been announced a QuestBridge Scholar and will be attending Princeton University on scholarship!
During February, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) will be joining countless organizations in celebrating National Career and Technical Education Month. The nationwide event raises awareness about the role that Career and Technical Education (CTE) has in readying students for both careers and college. It’s also a time to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of CTE community members throughout the United States.

PCTI takes great pride in honoring those who have contributed to ensuring the successful futures of their students. During the second full week of February, representatives of the high school’s SkillsUSA chapter will visit local businesses and county agencies to personally thank them for all their service. Students will also distribute gifts that showcase their talents and gratitude for the opportunities provided by career and technical education.

As the largest career and technical school in New Jersey, PCTI prepares students for successful careers by providing them with an innovative and immersive educational experience that highlights the importance of advanced academics and career and technical education.
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, PCTI had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

PCTI Superintendent Diana C Lobosco says, “At Passaic County Technical Institute, we pride ourselves on offering challenging AP courses. Our greatest goal is to provide students with opportunities to pursue and achieve academic success. We extend our sincere thanks to our great teachers and students for their continued dedication and hard work, which has allowed us to achieve this prestigious distinction.”

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. PCTI is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:
  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

  • Congratulations to Passaic County Technical Institute for being among those honored on the College Board’s AP® District Honor Roll!

    On Wednesday, February 6th Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) held a formal ceremony to honor the senior members of the 2018 Varsity Football Team who completed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the NCAA Division II level. The process, formerly known as the NLI (National Letter of Intent) Signing Day, presents an opportunity for high school athletes to formally commit to the college/university of their choosing. Coach Demarest and the Bulldogs proudly celebrated the signing of Neimar Santouse (RB/DB) to Pace University (Division II), and Jasaih Guy (WR/DB) to East Stroudsburg University (Division II). Neimar and Jasaih were both standout defensive backs for the PCTI Defense and helped lead the Bulldogs through a tough Super Football Conference Liberty-Red Divisional schedule, which allowed them to qualify for their sixth consecutive NJSIAA appearance.

    PCTI football players Neimar Santouse (Clifton) and Jasaih Guy (Paterson) sign letters of intent with Pace University and East Stroudsburg University to continue their academic and athletic careers after graduation.
    Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Education Foundation was the recipient of a twenty-thousand dollar donation from the Columbia Bank Foundation to benefit student learning. The grand donation has already been put to good use by supplying students of the STEM Academy with T1-84 graphing calculators, a much needed industry tool.

    Columbia Bank has been a business partner of PCTI for more than thirteen years. The two organizations have created a career development program within the high school’s Academy of Finance with a full-service bank on campus. PCTI was the first high school in the state to open a bank that functions as a living classroom. The PCTI branch also provides onsite banking and ATM services to the entire school community and fosters a valuable training environment for Academy of Finance students.

    Columbia Bank Representative Amy Dupuis joins PCTI Director of STEM Javier Rabelo, Chief School Administrator Diana C. Lobosco, Board of Education President Al Alexander, and students Gavin Roettger (Wanaque), Khristian Clark (Paterson), Ansh Rana (Passaic), Aksel Lujan (Clifton), Alezandra Simon (Paterson), and William Ryan (Wayne) for the $20k donation to PCTI’s Education Foundation.