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  It is the mission of the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) to provide students in all of its programs, which include secure facilities, residential community homes, and day programs, with equal access to high quality educational instruction. This educational experience focuses on student-centered learning environments grounded in rigor, relevance, relationships and real world problem solving applications. It is firmly believed that all students have the ability to learn, given the proper instructional environment.  
  The JJC’s Office of Education has the challenging task of ensuring that residents are provided with an educational program that is not only compliant with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, but also meets the needs of its unique student population and settings.  
  Most of the young people who enter JJC programs come with poor school attendance records and varying abilities. Each juvenile is tested and placed in appropriate classes depending on his or her skill levels. Individualized Education Plans are developed for each student. Small class sizes and individual attention often allow students to progress quickly, with the aim of reaching their proper grade level. The JJC coordinates each student’s curriculum with his or her local school. This often enables students to return to school at the same point as their classmates or to receive their diplomas from their home high schools.  
  Historically, the JJC’s education program and service delivery system focused on building a foundation of academic basic skills and trades acquisition. Today, its mission, vision, and goals are aimed at raising the bar for students and teaching faculty alike. There is a concentration on applied academics in career and technical education for the vast majority of JJC students, as well as opportunities for post secondary education for those students who have obtained a high school diploma or GED. At the core is an emphasis on the integration of the curriculum through project-based learning activities and technologies.  
  This paradigm shift is in keeping with the "new high school redesign" standards and graduation requirements of the NJ Department of Education. More importantly, it is to assure that students leave the JJC equipped with both the short and long-term skills needed for success in their choice of college or career.  
  The JJC’s program of study is designed to lead each student to obtain a high school diploma, GED, enrollment in a community college, or a recognized credential, including an industry-based certificate, college transcript and/or associate of arts degree.  
  The JJC offers an academic educational program that is aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in core subject areas such as Mathematics, Language Arts Literacy, Health and Physical Education, Fine, Visual and Performing Arts, Science, World Languages (Spanish) and Social Studies.  
  A vast array of vocational programs are available to students. These programs include: Apparel, Clothing, Textile Services, Animal Husbandry, Audio and Visual Broadcast Technology, Audio Technology, Auto Body Repair, Auto Mechanics, Bookkeeping and Accounting, Brick and Stone Masonry, Building Maintenance, Carpentry, Computer Science Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electronics Technology, Graphic Arts, General Business Studies, Home Economics, Horticulture, Plumbing and Pipefitting, and Small Engine Repair.  
  The vocational curriculum is divided into a variety of occupational and career areas. These offerings are aligned to labor demand occupations allowing students to pursue areas that are likely to lead to employment opportunities.  
  In addition, the JJC offers some post-secondary educational opportunities, which are detailed below.  
  Collaborative Partnerships and Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities  
  The JJC has strengthened partnerships with local education agencies, colleges and universities, business and industry, not for profits and other governmental entities to facilitate reintegration, re-entry and reduce the likelihood that young people will recidivate.  
  Any JJC student, who meets the criteria, has the opportunity to complete coursework at county community colleges or county vocational schools while with the JJC. The JJC has formal partnerships with Burlington County College and the Burlington County Institute of Technology. New partnerships are being considered in other areas of the state to extend these opportunities to more students. Additionally, the JJC works closely with the NJ Department of Labor, and State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) to form corporate partnerships and identify viable employer incentives for apprenticeship and employment opportunities for our youth.  
  Various technological advances are being implemented to increase educational opportunities to JJC students. Technology integration has already taken place at four strategic JJC sites, and video-teleconferencing in core subject areas is available in eight JJC sites.  
  Distance learning computer and video technology enables students to converse with staff at a learning facility in a distant location. This interaction between students and teachers is invaluable, and allows the JJC to use its resources efficiently. This new technology enhances the availability of educational choices to include college courses and, in some cases, classes at local high schools.  
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