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course of training given in the evening at the
courthouse. The Board of Education selected the
teachers from the eligible ones of this group,
An attractive bulletin describing the various
courses to be offered was distributed. Immediately,
a lively interest was shown by the general public.
Enrollments quickly filled all possible openings in
the Day School.
Monday, October 15, 1928, the Camden County
Vocational School opened its doors to four
hundred eager Day School students. They were
coming to a new kind of schoolg a school of shops,
where they would be taught trade skills for three
hours each day. They were the lucky ones because
they had enrolled months before the scheduled
opening. Many of their friends were on long
waiting lists as the applicants greatly outnumbered
the school's capacity.
They walked. They rode bicycles. The nearby com-
munities did not provide transportation. Bus
service was supplied only by the more distant
school districts in the lower end of the county.
Yet, they came, four hundred strong.
You see, these students knew they had an unusual
opportunity, an opportunity never offered before
to the youth of South jersey. They knew that at
this new school they could learn skills that would
give them entrance to industry and well paid jobs.
New experiences were ahead. Experiences, which
time has proven, did lead to good jobs. A number
of these first students are now executives and
leaders in industry. No wonder, they are boosters
of the Vocational School!
Coming up the broad concrete walk, the students
saw a stately building. Its newness shone in the
sun. Its classic lines stood out boldly, accented by
the lack of shrubbery, lawn or trees. But the
familiar red, white and blue banner flew in the
breeze, making all feel more at home.
In the spacious main lobby, the students were
greeted informally and assisted to find their home
rooms by cards of admittance which had been
mailed to them. Before noon, all were quietly
moving on prearranged schedules. The Day School
was now operating smoothly, with a maximum
enrollment. Full attention could then be given to
providing instruction for men employed in the
various industries of the county. Many had
expressed keen interest in the school. They were
anxiously awaiting the opportunity to improve
On Wednesday, November 7, 1928, the first eve-
ning classes were held. The enrollment for the
first year of operation of the Night School