Welcome to the Atlantic County Vocational School District. As we complete our fourth decade of providing career and technical education in Atlantic County, we are proud of our success in preparing students for college, careers, and as productive citizens who contribute to their communities. The district is comprised of two schools, the Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) and the Atlantic County Alternative High School, and serves students from 23 municipalities in a county which covers 566 square miles and includes Atlantic City.
ACIT offers nine Career Academies and ten Career Major programs in a state-of-the-art facility. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to complete an array of academic, career and technical courses to earn both a high school diploma and technical certification. The success of the academic, career and technical programs at ACIT has been recognized with a National Blue Ribbon School designation in 2008, and by US News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools,” edition as a Bronze Level School. In addition to the high school programs, ACIT provides post secondary education for the adult learner with a full-time Practical Nursing Program and an Adult Evening School with approximately 500 adult students enrolled in both full and part-time career and technical programs.
The district also operates the Atlantic County Alternative High School (ACAHS) which is housed in a separate building on the ACIT campus. The ACAHS offers a supportive, non-traditional effective learning environment for approximately 110 at-risk students from across the county by providing for flexible educational objectives that take into consideration the learning styles and individual needs of these students.
A new era in career and technical education in Atlantic County began in June 2012, as a $40 million addition and renovation project was completed at ACIT. With our new and improved facility, we look forward to providing students who attend ACIT with an exceptional academic and technical education as well as the opportunity to participate in athletics, music, and performing arts. These activities along with our existing co-curricular clubs and service organizations will continue to encourage student involvement, enhance school spirit, and provide an atmosphere for excellence.
The Atlantic County Vocational School District has received tremendous support from the Atlantic County business community, local colleges, and organizations as well as parents. The aforementioned groups have created productive partnerships with our faculty and administration to provide all students with personalized, relevant, and challenging learning experiences in a problem-based, hands-on environment that promotes critical thinking, innovation, and self discovery.
Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic County Vocational School District, and please feel free to contact me for more information about how we prepare our students, in a manner consistent with our motto, to “pursue what they love.”
Philip J. Guenther, Ed.D.