Ocean County Vocational Technical School School District (29-3790)

Ocean County Vocational Technical School School District

On behalf of the Ocean County Vocational Technical Board of Education, I am pleased to share with you our 2015-2016 School Report Card. This school year OCVTS experienced sustained growth in enrollment for our shared-time secondary, full-time secondary and full-time post-secondary programs. This growth in enrollment is attributed to the extensive network of education and business partners that support and sustain our educational programs and as well as current economic conditioning.

OCVTS students from all seven centers participated in the Regional SkillsUSA Competition, held at the OCVTS Brick Center. A total of 147 students advanced to the State level competition held in Somerset, NJ in May 2016. OCVTS students won a total of 44 medals: 16 students won Gold, 11 won Silver and 14 won Bronze. Sixteen of the Gold medal winners successfully went on to compete at the national level in Louisville, Kentucky, during the month of June 2016.

The OCVTS district continues to be involved and supports several leadership clubs such as SkillsUSA, FAA, FCCLA and HOSA. Students throughout the district compete at the local, state and national levels.

The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational and Technical Education continues to be a great supporter of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district awarding over $60,000 in the 2015-2016 school year in scholarships and grants. Since its inception the Foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to OCVTS students and grants to teachers and programs.

OCVTS faculty participated in a number of professional development activities designed to help students improve their reading and comprehension of informational text. They collected writing samples and students throughout the year worked with a literacy coach to improve their instructional methods of guiding students through non-fiction reading and the writing assignments associated with it.

OCVTS students continue to excel academically. Fifty Seven (57) Practical Nursing students who graduated in July 2016 are currently taking the New Jersey Practical Nursing Exam (NCLEX-PN). The current pass rate is 84% which far surpasses the 72% average pass rate for the state of New Jersey. Cosmetology students have recorded over an 89% pass rate for the NJ State Cosmetology Licensing Written Exam, surpassing the state average.

Our adult full time post-secondary programs have met with success in the 2015-2016 school year. These programs are designed for post-secondary students desiring to enter the workforce within a ten month period. All graduates of the New Home Construction program were able to secure employment. The Automotive Technology and the Culinary programs both experienced successful employment results as well.

Students from the OCVTS Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), a Blue Ribbon School, competed in the NJ Envirothon Competition and earned 2nd place.

During the 2015-2016 school year the Academy of Law & Public Safety (ALPS) started its first full time program with only 11th graders. The vision in the 2016-2017 school year is to bring in another 11th grade class to increase the school to 11th and 12th grade. ALPS was approved by the NJ Police Training Commission as a satellite training center and has a Tech Prep Articulation Agreement that enables students to graduate with twenty-one college credits.

The OCVTS Performing Arts Academy (PAA), a Blue Ribbon School, continues to provide an academically challenging education for creatively gifted high school students. Enhanced performing arts training which includes guest artists in the areas of dance, acting and voice prepare the student for careers in the arts. Advance Placement, College Prep, Honors level classes, and college articulations empower the students with practical and higher level skills for post-secondary education.

Students from the International Thespian Society participated in the national convention in Nebraska where they were able to audition for college/university scholarships.

The Performing Arts Academy performed “Cinderella” at the Strand Theater on February 25th through February 25th Matinee Dress Rehearsal on February 24th for the children luncheon.

In addition to high academic expectations, service learning is a large part of the OCVTS curriculum. Post-secondary students from the Accelerated Home Construction Program in conjunction with Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity built an entire house for a needy family. Post-secondary students at the Ocean County Academy of Culinary Arts, housed at the Ocean County Atlantis Golf Course in Little Egg Harbor served the public as a part of their internship in the full service restaurant, pub and banquet facility.

Students and staff at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School's Brick Center partnered with the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to take on the unprecedented task of preparing over 1400 Thanksgiving meals to be distributed through local social service agencies. Fundraising efforts by Brick Center students, faculty and staff to collect food items and cash donations fund this annual community service project which began about 16 years ago. Donations through the Monmouth Ocean Food Bank and OCVTS vendors as well as a grant awarded to the project from the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education helps purchase additional supplies.

For the past 15 years the OCVTS Waretown Center along with the National Historical Society join together for the “Waretown Apple Fest” which takes place in late September. This community service activity gives the students a great experience that includes collaborating with a diverse group of students and many of the adults from the National Historical Society. The students must clean, peel and cook the apples using modern utensils and different cooking methods. The adults offer their expertise as they work collectively to prepare hundreds of apple crisps. The apple crisps are sold at the Lacey Fire House to help raise money for the National Historical Society which also sponsors scholarships for the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district.

The OCVTS Jackson Center is noted for the vast array of community service and fundraising activities intended for the betterment of our local communities. Our Service Occupations/Intro to Employment Orientation programs coordinated various bake sales with proceeds going to the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter and the American Cancer Society.

The Agricultural and Environmental Science students and Intro to Greenscaping students volunteered with the NJ Farmers Feeding the Hungry program and packed over 3,000 pounds of apples and potatoes which were delivered to local food banks. This partnership also made possible a donation of 500 pounds of potatoes to the Brick Center for their Annual Thanksgiving Project.

The Collision Repair students worked on a project for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection which included preparing and clear painting 55 gallon plastic drums that various high schools use for artwork depicting the shore areas that we live in. These drums are used for collecting rain water then using that water in an environmental friendly way.

The OCVTS Toms River Center takes part in many community service projects as well. Retail Store Operations Supermarket Surf’s Up collected loose change for Ocean County Hunger Relief. Dental Assisting students collected dental supplies which were used in holiday gift bags for needy families in Ocean County. Students in many programs at the Toms River Center donated non-perishable foods to the United Way Food Drive. The students in the Health and Fitness program hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross.

These are just few examples from the long list of ways OCVTS students give back to the communities of Ocean County while pursuing their career goals. During 2015-2016 school year OCVTS touched the lives of nearly 5,000 Ocean County high school and adult learners.