When are the classes offered?
For our daytime programs, high school students attend their home district for part of the day and Bergen’s campus for part of the day. Typically your day would start in your home school district where you would take your required high school classes and then you would spend your afternoon on our campus. The daytime programs end at 2:15pm to provide students enough time to return to their home district to participate in after school activities. Our Construction Management, Fashion Design and Interior Design programs are held on evenings and weekends so students attend their normal high school day and take the program in their own free time.
Where are classes held?
Depending on which program you choose, classes are held at one of our three campuses; Paramus, Lyndhurst, and Hackensack.
Do you provide transportation?
Although some school districts provide transportation for the daytime programs, most students are required to provide their own transportation to and from our campus.
Does my school district pay for this?
Some school districts will pay for Early Career tuition, while others do not. Please inquire with your school counselor or administrator.
What does my high school schedule look like?
Fashion Design, Construction Management and Interior Design are offered evenings and weekends so you will attend your normal high school classes at their normal time. Certified Production Technician, Medical Office Assistant and Childhood Development Associate programs are offered during the day (approximately 11:30am to 2:15pm) so you will work with your school counselor to take any remaining high school graduation requirements at your school in the morning and then attend the Early Career program in the afternoon.
What is the advantage of attending this program (over staying at my current school)?
Participating in an Early Career program provides several opportunities. You can get a jump start on a career you are interested in, earn an industry credential, learn how to write a resume and interviewing etiquette, get real world experience through an internship, earn college credits, receive job placement assistance and add a unique experience to your college application.
Who teaches these courses?
Our highly qualified instructors prioritize hands-on learning and real-world experience in education.
Can I get a job?
We offer career placement assistance including resume writing and interview skills (both virtual and face to face). Our graduates have gone on to full-time positions with benefits before even graduating high school.
Is this online or face-to-face?
We offer both online and face to face instruction in most of our programs. Medical Office Assistant, Certified Production Technician and Child Development Associate can all be completed 100% online or in person. Interior Design, Fashion Design and Construction Management all include some online courses, hybrid courses and some required in-person courses.
What do I get to “do” (hands-on experience or visits)?
The Construction Management programs offer many opportunities for actual hands-on experience in the classroom setting. Our Blueprint Reading courses all include the use of fold-out plans, which are published construction documents. Students learn to read scales, understand wall sections and viewpoints, architectural details, finish schedules, and interpret critical construction information. The Construction Estimating and Scheduling courses also offer multiple hands-on opportunities with industry-standard software programs and materials.
In construction estimating, students first learn to read detailed estimates and understand how actual project costs are itemized and quantified. Here blueprint reading knowledge is applied to decipher the requirements for an estimate. Then a fully complete estimate for project costs is created using a set of actual project plans and other materials supplied in class.
In the construction project scheduling course, program attendees learn Oracle Primavera P-6 industry-standard computer software tools. Course instruction includes detailed lessons on construction project scope, scheduling, and activity modifications using the critical path project management method. After learning the project scope and software tools, students choose various case study projects to create an individual project schedule from the start of construction activities through punch-list and final close-out.
Students may also participate in onsite visits to local businesses related to their program. For the Interior Design Program, students will visit design studios, or businesses as field trips. Each course has hands-on assignments such as, to build a 3D model, draw layout draftings, and build design portfolios as its course projects. In our Sewing Certificate Program, students will tailor a shirt/blouse and construct a wool jacket with sewing and tailoring techniques. In our Fashion Art Certificate, students will sketch and color fashion figures using Croquis techniques and the color wheel to create a mini-collection. They will also create digital fashion drawings using Procreate and Photoshop programs. In our Fashion Design Certificate program, students learn to finish pattern pieces from draped pieces. They will draft a dress, pant, skirt, and soft jacket and learn a variety of illustration tools to create a mini-collection of their original designs and fabrics. Students will construct one of their designs and its final pattern.
I am interested. What do I do next?
Reach out to your school counselor or administrator and let them know you are interested or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.