8th graders and parents need to attend if planning to apply 

FREEHOLD, N.J. – The five career academies of the Monmouth County Vocational School District will be holding information sessions for eighth grade students who are thinking about applying to one of the academies as a member of the Class of 2016.

Monmouth County’s career academies have established themselves as state and national leaders of secondary education,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “We are looking forward to welcoming the next class – and it all begins with a parent and student attending an information session in the next two months.”

Attendance at an information session is required for any student who plans to apply to a county career academy. The student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the academy of interest during one of the scheduled sessions.

All Saturday sessions begin at 10 a.m. and all weeknight sessions begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Academy of Allied Health & Science, 2325 Heck Ave. in Neptune, is designed for students whose interests are in the health science and medical areas. The dates of the Allied Health & Science High School sessions are Wednesday, Oct. 5; Saturday, Oct. 22; Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 19.

Biotechnology High School, 5000 Kozloski Rd. in Freehold Township, focuses students on a college preparatory program related to biological research technologies and is suited for students interested in careers in pharmaceutical and biological research. The dates of the Biotechnology High School information sessions are Thursday, Oct. 13; Saturday, Oct. 22; Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 5.

Communications High School, 1740 New Bedford Rd. in Wall, is designed for students interested in various communication technologies including computer applications, graphic design and publishing and network technologies. The dates of the Communications High School sessions are Saturday, Oct. 1; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Nov. 16.

High Technology High School, 665 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, is a pre-engineering college preparatory program with an emphasis on technology, mathematics and science.  This career academy opened in 1991 and continues in partnership with the county’s Brookdale Community College. The dates of the High Tech High School sessions are Saturday, Oct. 15; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Nov. 5; and Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Marine Academy of Science & Technology (M.A.S.T.), Building 305 at Sandy Hook/Gateway National Recreation Area provides an educational program for students interested in marine and environmental science. The dates of the M.A.S.T. high school sessions are Saturday, Oct. 1; Thursday, Oct. 6; Saturday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 3.

After attending an information session, the student will be able to obtain an application. Detailed information about the individual academy curriculum, schedule, transportation and complete application process will be provided at each information session. Applications for the Class of 2016 are due on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Additional information about the county’s career academies and other vocational school district services can be found on the county Web site or at www.mcvsd.org