OCVTS RECOGNIZES SUCCESSFUL GRADUATE CHRISTOPHER VANCHURE
Jean Sullivian, May 15, 2008
OCEAN COUNTY–Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools honors an outstanding graduate from each of New Jersey's 21 county districts. The event honors the diverse accomplishments of the graduates of county vocational technical schools and exemplifies the many ways that the graduates have achieved success. The recognition awards were presented recently at a dinner attended by the graduates and their families, state officials and members of the New Jersey State Board of Education, county vocational technical superintendents, board members and administrators. The dinner was held at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township.
Frank Gargiulo, president of NJCCVTS, said the diversity of the graduates who were selected for the honor is evidence that county vocational schools produce high-achieving workers. "At New Jersey's county vocational technical schools, we train our students for success. I am truly impressed and inspired by these graduates who are examples of the success that can be achieved with a quality vocational education," Gargiulo said.
Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recognized Christopher Vanchure who attended the Aviation Aerospace Technology program at and graduated in 2001. After graduation, he became a member of the Lakehurst Flying Club. As president of that club, he served as the liaison for OCVTS Aviation class and the school's flying club. After receiving his private pilot license, Chris received an Associate of Science degree in mathematics at Ocean County College, and then completed his undergraduate education at Seton Hall University under the Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. Chris was awarded the Cadet Aeronautical Badge for completing the United States Air Force Academy SOAR program, as well the Air Force Pilot categorization. As an Air Force certified aviator, Christopher is now assigned in Texas as an instructor pilot for the T6A Texan logistical group. He currently serves in an advisory capacity for the OCVTS aviation/aerospace technology program.
OCVTS Aviation instructor Mark Lamb recounts Chris’ journey, ”Chris discovered his love for aviation at the age of twelve at the OCVTS Aviation Summer Camp Experience. Later, in high school, he enrolled into the Aviation Aerospace program held at the Navy Lakehurst Center. His passion and enthusiasm throughout the school years explained his journey of becoming a pilot. He always displayed a leadership quality in all shop/flight activities. At his USAF commissioning as an Air Force officer he mentioned how I had taken him for his first flight and set his aviation course for the future, as an educator that is the best evaluation we will ever receive.”
Photo 1: Christopher Vanchure, center, receives recognition as OCVTS Successful Graduate at a recent ceremony. With him from left to right is: OCVTS Assistant Superintendent Nancy Weber-Loeffert, friend Sarah Everett, OCVTS Navy Lakehurst Principal Karen Homiek, and Aviation Instructor Mark Lamb.