On Tuesday, November 20th, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) held a formal ceremony to honor Ashley Martinez, a senior electing to continue her academic and athletic career at the NCAA Division I 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 Cioletti and the Bulldog family proudly celebrated the signing of Ashley Martinez to the University of Maine for track and field.

Ashley is a stand-out three sport varsity letter winner for PCTI’s Volleyball, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams. She excels in jump events and will surely push to achieve the school record in track and field in the 2018-2019 school year.

PCTI wishes Ashley all the best as she continues her athletic adventures after graduation and goes on to represent the Bears of the University of Maine!




PCTI senior Ashley Martinez (Paterson) signs with the University of Maine to continue her academic and athletic career in track and field.
Members of Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Student Council/Interact joined together to benefit cancer research when they raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The school rallied funds by holding a blue jeans / tag day. These outstanding Bulldogs collected a total of $1,760 to be donated to help fund research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives for the charitable organization!




PCTI Advisors Penny Roman (Wayne) and Rachel Sillman (Rockaway), join Assistant Principal Jeannie Holman (Hamburg), Principal Dr. Michael Parent, Supervisor of Student Activities Jerry Castaneda (Dumont), students Kayla Nicholson (Passaic), Minhaj Hussain (Prospect Park), Jaidah Morales (Clifton), Kathleen Chen (Haledon) and a representative from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, for the “big check” donation.
Four seniors from Passaic County Technical Institute have been named QuestBridge National Scholar Finalists! Thanya Begum, Tasnova Choudhury, Dibya Dey, and Omar Ibrahim are among the 6,507 students selected to be considered for QuestBridge Scholarships!

More than 16,000 students applied for the opportunity to become National College Match Finalists. The program is a powerful platform that connects the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education. Those participating in the QuestBridge program meet the following criteria: have primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available, rank in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, achieve higher than 1310 on SAT or PSAT and an ACT composite score of 28. QuestBridge has forty college partners from which to choose, including Ivy League schools. Students ultimately matched with colleges will receive a full four-year scholarship.

Thanya Begum and Omar Ibrahim were recently selected as PCTI Students of the Month – a designation which celebrates academic achievement and community service involvement. Both students aim to study Mechanical Engineering in college. Tasnova Choudhury will study Molecular Biology and Dibya Dey will pursue Engineering.

Congratulations to PCTI’s students for making it through the first round of QuestBridge to be considered for scholarships!




Passaic County Technical Institute seniors Dibya Dey (Paterson), Tasnova Choudhury (Paterson), Thanya Begum (Paterson), and Omar Ibrahim (Clifton) were announced QuestBridge National Scholar Finalists and now have the opportunity to receive a full four-year scholarship.
A leg up in the professional world is worth its weight in gold. Add a prestigious organization into the mix, and it’s a recipe for success. Just ask Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Academy of Finance students who learned about the value of mentorship when they partnered with the “DeloitteAcademy”.

The three-session meet-up introduces students to skills that correlate with college success and focuses on self-awareness, persistence, motivation, and the ability to operate in diverse settings. The most recent visitation covered the concept of “Business Chemistry” and was a lesson in personal branding.

Twenty-seven Deloitte employees volunteered their time to act as mentors. Their specialties ranged from Advisory, Audit, Consulting positions, and more. In addition, three PCTI alumni and current Deloitte employees – Ramon Duran, Perla Payan, and Nicole Salazar, are donating their time and talents to the program.

Many thanks to DeloitteAcademy and all the volunteers who are providing invaluable opportunities for PCTI students to further expand their success in the Finance field!




PCTI students Jenna Abreu (Haledon), Louay Ahmad (Clifton), Shanita Ali (Paterson), Murtadha Alsaidi (Clifton), Lauriani Bautista (Passaic), Truman Castro (Paterson), Brandon Cordero (Paterson), Catherine Cruz (Paterson), Malcom Enriquez (Paterson), Arushi Garg (Wayne), Gabriel Grijalva (Clifton), Haily Ferreira (Paterson), Adrian Malave (Clifton), Sebastian Nicolas-Marmolejos (Paterson), Christopher Ocasio (Clifton), Janine Rivera (Clifton), Melvin Rodriguez Jr. (Passaic), Hamza Saleh (Clifton), Briana Then (Paterson), and Ashad Young Passaic) join their School to Careers Coordinator Linda Murphy (Pompton Plains) and Academy of Finance Instructor Tara West and DeloitteAcademy mentors to experience an educationally enriching program.
For the past twenty-one years, Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Education Foundation has been enhancing the learning endeavors of faculty and students of the career and technical high school. The recent Annual Golf Scholarship Classic was the most successful event to date and raised more than $95,000 for student scholarships and teacher grants! The event was hosted at the exclusive North Jersey Country Club on Monday, October 1 st . More than a combined one hundred and forty golfers and dinner guests, as well as numerous sponsors, supported the event.

President of PCTI’s Education Foundation, Al Alexander praised all those who were involved in making the event an overwhelming success. “The fantastic turnout will allow us to greatly contribute to furthering education for kids and teachers alike. Thank you to all who volunteered their time and efforts, and to those who generously supported our endeavors!”




George Silva (Clifton), Vera Giblin (Pompton Plains), Mae Remer (Clifton), Education Foundation President Al Alexander (Totowa), Vice President Peter Spina (Wayne), Superintendent Diana C. Lobosco (Wayne), Sandra Woods (Wayne), Treasurer Mike Coscia (North Haledon), Marinelly Tavarez (Paterson), and Yesenia Berta (Wayne), welcome guests to the PCTI Education Foundation’s Golf Scholarship Classic.