Paterson NJ High Schools Launches New Program with PCCC

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PATERSON — Three city high schools are getting what officials call “high-tech classrooms” to allow students to take virtual classes at Passaic County Community College.

Dual-enrollment classes will begin in September at John F. Kennedy, Eastside and Panther High Schools in Paterson, officials said.

One classroom in each high school will be equipped with high-definition televisions and cameras, sound bars, touchscreen control panels, microphones, a presentation system, wall mounts and cables for the program, officials said.

The program will be available to all students at those three high schools who want to take virtual classes at community college, officials said. The district will not know exactly how many students will participate in the program until class schedules for 2022-23 are completed, officials said.

“PCCC is excited to expand opportunities for Paterson students,” said Steven Rose, president of the community college. “Getting ahead of college can motivate and open doors for students and significantly reduce the cost of a college education.”

Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer said Rose started the program, which she says will increase dual enrollment opportunities for students in the city.

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“At our high schools, competitive courses like college-level physics or calculus can often have only a few students enrolled,” Shafer said. “The high-tech classrooms will allow our students who want those competitive courses to take them and earn college credit while allowing our teachers to work with as many of our high school students as possible.”

The federal Department of Education provided the $85,000 to purchase the equipment needed to create the high-tech classrooms, officials said.

Joe Malinconico is editor of Paterson Press. Email: [email protected]

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