2015 - 2016 PCTI News & Press Releases

2015 - 2016 School Year
PCTI Graduates LPN Class of 2016
On Thursday August 4th, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) celebrated the commencement of thirty-nine Licensed Practical Nurses from the Day and Evening LPN programs. Those in attendance...

PCTI Opens Summer STEM Academy
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) opened its doors to 7th and 8th grade students during the week of July 25th for an enriching Summer STEM Academy experience! Students chose...

Lincoln of Wayne “Driven to Give” PCTI Check for Scholarships
Lincoln of Wayne awarded Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) with an eight thousand dollar check in light of the high school’s participation in their “Driven to Give” event, an initiative that...

Graduating the 52nd Class of Passaic County Technical Institute
Faculty, staff, and students of Passaic County Technical Institute celebrated the start of summer with the 52nd annual commencement ceremony. On Thursday, June 16th, more than 750 seniors...

Senior PCTI Students Awarded Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship
School of Manufacturing Technology seniors of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) were recently awarded with scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation. The grant was gifted to...

PCTI Faculty & Staff “Driven To Give” with Lincoln Event
On Tuesday, June 14th, Passaic County Technical Institute’s Education Foundation partnered with Lincoln of Wayne to participate in their “Driven to Give” event, a program which offers...

PCTI Celebrate Senior Awards Night with Scholarships
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) held its annual Senior Awards Night that saw members of the Class of 2016 receive generous scholarships for their academic futures. The anticipated evening highlighted...

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces PCTI “Rising Star” Award Winner
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) spring musical Man of La Mancha has received the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Excellence in Outstanding Scenic Achievement. The prestigious award recognizes...

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Nominates PCTI’s Carter Warren for 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Carter Warren of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) has been nominated to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those nominated may be...

Seniors Athletes Celebrate National Signing Day
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) senior athletes celebrated National Signing Day by committing to play their respective sports at universities...

PCTI Senior Selected for Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship
Devin Bristow of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is one of 1,000 elite students to be selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) for the Class of 2016. This prestigious scholarship is presented to those who exhibit strong leadership, community service, and academic achievements. More than 53,000 students applied...

PCTI’s HOSA Services Community with Annual Blood Drive
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) trumpeted the meaning of community service when HOSA students held their Annual Blood Drive event! Working in conjunction with Community Blood Services (Passaic, NJ), HOSA students collected 87 pints of blood from participants...

NHSDA Declares PCTI Dancers Among the Best
Two of Passaic County Technical Institute’s School of Performing Arts dancers have been hailed by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) as among the best in artistry, skill, and academics! Joy Giuffre of Wayne has been selected by the National Winner of the 2016 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement award. Her classmate, Anaya Gass of Vernon, received honorable mention.

Nurses Ready with Caps & Pins, Raring to Enter Workforce
Passaic County Technical Institute celebrated sixty-two years of educating the caretakers of tomorrow with the Licensed Practical Nursing program’s annual Capping Ceremonies...

Criminal Justice Students Clean Sweep Law Day Competitions
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Criminal Justice students entered and swept two contests in honor of 2016’s Law Day. This year’s theme was, “Miranda: More than Just Words.” Jazmine Bandala and Tahmina Chowdhury took home the coveted gold for their ABA (American Bar Association) Young Lawyer Division Video Contest submission...

PCTI Students Honored at Montclair Film Festival
Crystal Tepale and Jairus Bostick of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) received accolades during the Montclair Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition for Chasing Sophie, a comedy about two boys who try and win the heart of a classmate that concludes with a unique twist...

Wayne Teacher Nominated for The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award
Ms. Victoria Scarpa of Passaic County Technical Institute was awarded the Senior Division Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award for New Jersey. As a winner of this award Scarpa is nominated for the National Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June 2016.

PCTI Culinary Students Reach the Stars with National NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge Win!
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) winning entrée is literally “out of this world!” Culinary Arts students Sierra Bronas, Jada Sanders, and Carolan Terrero received first place at the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge in Houston, Texas! Their winning Red Pepper Risotto entrée will be processed for flight for astronauts to enjoy during their stay on the International Space Station.

PCTI Claims Record 27 Medals at SkillsUSA State Competition
Fifty-seven students of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) demonstrated ultimate skill when they went head to head with vocational students throughout New Jersey for the SkillsUSA State Competition on Saturday, April 16th. The event celebrated absolute dedication and the perfection of one’s craft.

PCTI Performs Mock Trial for Law Day
Criminal Justice students of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) celebrated Law Day with a special presentation that welcomed Superior Court Judges Silebi, Mongiardo, and Chiocca, as well as Law Clerks Roseanne Sessa, Omar Arnouk, and Christopher Cerullo. The notable attendees gave valuable insight and assessed the knowledge of students during their mock trial performance.

PCTI Dance Students Selected for Governor’s Award
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) senior, Joy Giuffre, and junior, Julia Foti, of the School of Performing Arts program have been selected to receive the Student Award for Artistic Excellence in Dance – one of the Governor’s Awards for outstanding achievements in the arts.

PCTI Ranks #1 in the Nation for W!SE!
The W!SE (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy Certification program has named Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) as the top high school in the nation! The award comes in light of exemplary results on the program’s Financial Literacy Certification test, which proves that the County Career and Technical High School is actively educating the youths of tomorrow.

PCTI Hosts Colgate Van, for “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures”
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) recently hosted the Colgate Van and invited children of the Head Start preschool program to explore the mobile unit that boasts the benefits of excellent oral hygiene. Here they received screenings and proceeded to visit with classes of PCTI’s Dental Assisting students.

PCTI Video Production Students Win Big at Film Festival
Students of Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Video Production program have received accolades for their numerous wins at the Passaic County Film Festival. This year, they took home awards in various categories, including High School Short Film, High School Documentary, Music Video, and High School Public Service Announcement.

PCTI NJROTC Racks Up Wins at Drill Competition
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) NJROTC students recently participated in the 2nd Annual Admiral Halsey Drill Competition at Elizabeth High School. Competitors included Junior ROTC units of the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force from across the tristate area.

A Melding of Cultures: PCTI Welcomes Keio Academy
Passaic County Technical Institute welcomed visitors of Keio Academy as part of a Cultural Exchange program between both institutions. Students of the Japanese-based high school were treated to ice breakers and tours by PCTI student ambassadors...

PCTI Welcomes March of Dimes Ambassador Family
Students of Passaic County Technical Institute gathered in the school’s auditorium to welcome this year’s March of Dimes Ambassador Family, the Torres-Castrodads from Puerto Rico.

PCTI Students Advance to Final Round of NASA Culinary Challenge
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Culinary Arts students Sierra Bronas, Jada Sanders, and Carolan Terrero recently competed in the NASA Culinary Challenge, which had students design meals for astronauts to be enjoyed in space.

The College of St. Rose Delivers Acceptances to PCTI Students
Select seniors of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) were honored by representatives of the College of St. Rose when they were personally accepted into the Albany school.

From Bulldogs to Red Hawks: PCTI Students Accepted to MSU
Seniors of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) were invited to a surprise meeting on Wednesday February 24th, where they were told of their acceptance to Montclair State University.

PCTI Students Win Big at STANJ Competition
On January 30th 2016, Passaic County Technical Institute participated in the Speech and Theater Association of New Jersey (STANJ) Competition.

PCTI Students Sweep State ProStart Invitational
Culinary Arts students of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) proved that hard work and practice truly pays off.

PCTI Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) joins countless schools from across the United States in celebrating February’s National Career and Technical Education Month...

PCTI Advisory Board Mentors Logistics Students
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) School of Business Careers’ Logistics Program opened the floor to its Advisory Board members during student presentations on January 8th...

Morgan Advanced Materials Announced PCTI Business Partner of the Year!
On Wednesday December 2nd, Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) willPower for girlPower delivered items donated from the school’s Winter Warmth Drive to Eva’s Village. The drive list was...

PCTI Students Give the Gift of Good Meals
Student Council/Interact members of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) are once again putting the needs of others before their own with the annual Food Drive event. The outreach initiative inspired hundreds of donations from members of the entire PCTI family...

PCTI Holiday Drive Surpasses 1,000 Toys
Students of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) are fully embracing the holiday season by collecting toys for children. This year, more than 1,000 toys will be delivered through the Father English Community Center, which is part of the Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson....

willPower for girlPower Rejoices in Community Service
On Wednesday December 2nd, Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) willPower for girlPower delivered items donated from the school’s Winter Warmth Drive to Eva’s Village. The drive list was...

PCTI Honors Special Guest During Pearl Harbor Assembly
On Friday, December 4th, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) welcomed hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and veterans to the annual Pearl Harbor assembly. The school was especially honored to have John Walton in attendance, one of...

PCTI Partners with AIG for Shadowing Opportunity
The American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has been providing educationally enriching shadowing opportunities to students of Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Academy of Information Technology. On October 30th, twenty-six students of PCTI’s School-to-Careers program visited AIG sites to learn about team based operations from IT personnel.

PCTI Receives w!se Accolades
The w!se Financial Literacy program has recognized Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) as a Blue Star School at their Money POWER Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City. The “Working in Support of Education” program strives to prepare students for the future by teaching them to become financially literate in all areas of education...

PCTI’s Elizabeth Schulte Selected NJDOE Exemplary Educator
Congratulations to Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) Supervisor of Admissions, Elizabeth Schulte of Wayne, for being selected by the NJ Department of Education as a 2015 Exemplary Secondary Educator. Ms. Schulte was recognized for this honor for of her contributions as an outstanding educator who is valued by the school and the community...

PCTI Pays Tribute to Veterans
On Tuesday November 10th, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) opened its doors to local veterans and their families for their annual Veterans Day assembly. To honor and recognize veterans past and present, PCTI and AP History students created a touching video featuring student and veteran representatives that reflected on the meaning of 11-11-11, underscoring...

PCTI Celebrates Open House Wednesday October 21st
The largest Career and Technical school in New Jersey, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI), is opening its doors to residents of Passaic County on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30pm for the much anticipated Open House event.

Parents Get “Schooled” at PCTI’s Back to School Night
On Thursday October 1st, Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) opened its doors to parents and guardians for Back to School Night, an event that encourages all visitors to experience a day in the life of their students.

Agency Networking Initiative Expands Criminal Justice Learning
Students of Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Academy of Criminal Justice & Public Safety embraced learning outside of the classroom when they journeyed to the Public Safety Academy to meet with members from the Wayne Fire Department (Company #7), the Passaic...

Instructor Awarded with Study Abroad, “Broadens” Knowledge
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) Instructor Victoria Scarpa was awarded a special one-week study program in South Korea with a group of secondary social studies instructors. The trip was sponsored by the Korean Society and the Marvin Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

PCTI Remembers 9/11 with Touching Tribute
Fourteen years have passed since the United States experienced the devastating attacks of 9/11. Many people lost those dear to them and members of Passaic County are no different. That’s why Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) AP History classes took the time to cultivate a special presentation at their annual 9/11 assembly to honor...

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