Ocean County Vocational Technical School and
Navy Lakehurst Enter Into Educational Partnership Agreement
Jean Sullivian, April 2, 2009
LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY- Ocean County Vocational Technical School and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCADLKE) at Lakehurst have established an educational partnership agreement which will provide unique educational opportunities for students who attend the OCVTS Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). The partners enter into this agreement in recognition of the vital role that science, mathematics, and engineering play in the United States’ current and future viability and well being.
The purpose of the agreement is to provide opportunities for OCVTS students to become aware of, and collaborate in, many disciplines which would not otherwise be available in a school environment. A goal is to develop student interest and expertise in science, mathematics and engineering to keep pace with the demand for future scientists and engineers in the US. The partnership will enhancement of curriculum while providing access to state-of-the-art, innovative technological research methodology and equipment.
Rear Admiral Donald Gaddis, Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command traveled to the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) on March 31st for the signing of the educational agreement. Admiral Gaddis met four MATES’ seniors who will be the first student interns to take advantage of the partnership agreement. The students John Leibowitz, of Manchester; Robert Maholtra, of Brick; Derek Jorgensen, of Lacey; and Frank Tweitmann, of Jackson, have already had an orientation meeting with the engineers who they have been assigned to work with at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. This department designs, tests and evaluates parts for use in military aircraft as well as the aircraft landing systems for aircraft carriers.
The students each addressed the Admiral and guests; providing insight into their first ‘day on the job’. They elaborated on how their internships could impact their future college and career plans, which range from mechanical engineering to biochemistry to military service.
The Admiral praised the students for their enthusiasm and determination. “It is unusual to see such focus at this stage of your life. There are great opportunities for each of you to build on your skills sets and you should take full advantage of the resources made available to you.”
OCVTS Superintendent William P. Hoey, commented, “Building partnerships in business, industry and the community is a cornerstone for a career academy. Creating opportunities for our students to gain experience in real-world work environments can either solidify a student’s course of study or help them realize that they want something else. It opens many doors. Our partnership with Navy Lakehurst will continue to grow and provide more opportunities that will help our students with college and their careers.”
MATES is a four-year public high school, administered by OCVTS, which offers a rigorous curriculum with a focus on math, science and technology.
Caption: OCVTS Superintendent William Hoey, OCVTS Board of Education President Nina Anuario and Admiral Donald Gaddis sign the educational partnership agreement.