Time Capsule Provides Snapshot Of School’s History
Jean Sullivian, Septemberl 23, 2009
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- This school year marks the 50th anniversary of Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS). Ocean County Vocational Technical School opened its doors in 1959, offering a Licensed Practical Nursing Program. Over the next decade the increasing demand and interest in quality career training prompted OCVTS to offer additional programs to both adults and high school students. The district soon outgrew its original facilities in downtown Toms River.
1972 marked a milestone in the history of Ocean County Vocational Technical School as construction was completed on not one, not two , but three OCVTS campuses: the Brick Center on Chambers Bridge Road; the Jackson Center on Route 571; and the Waretown Center on Wells Mills Road.
As part of an ongoing program of the 50th anniversary recognition celebrations, a small ceremony was held at the OCVTS Waretown Center to unearth and open a time capsule sealed during the building dedication ceremony in October 1972. The copper box sealed within the building’s cornerstone contained photos and publications which provided a unique insight in to the employment and social trends of that time period.
An OCVTS Course Guide booklet included descriptions of career training programs available to high school students, as well as recommendations as to which programs would be best suited for girls and boys.
The programs offered at the Waretown Center then were: Beauty Culture; Dental Assisting; Electrical Trades; Health Aide; Marine Trades; and Building Trades. Today, the Waretown Center offers Automotive Technology; Cosmetology; and Law and Public Safety. In addition, there are five Employment Orientation Programs, or programs for students with special needs which include: Auto Servicing; Hospitality/ Basic Food Services; Introduction to Employment Orientation Programs; Maintenance Repair and Service Occupations.
According to archives, 800 high school students were enrolled throughout the OCVTS district in 1972. Today there are over 2400 students in 51 day-time programs.
On hand for the time capsule opening were: OCVTS Superintendent William P. Hoey, OCVTS Board of Education Vice President Joseph Harding; former OCVTS Superintendent Dr. Frederick Felice; OCVTS Business Administrator Frank Frazee; OCVTS Principal of Adult Education Frank Folinus; and William Henry, who as the Director of OCVTS in 1972 was instrumental in the planning and development of the three building expansion project. Mr. Henry was present at the dedication ceremony when the time capsule was originally placed in the cornerstone.
The contents of the time capsule, as well as additional historical memorabilia, will be on display at the Waretown Center during the upcoming 7th Annual Car Show, to be held Sunday September 27, 2009. Sponsored by the Ocean County Vocational Technical Education Association, the annual Car Show is a fun-filled day for the whole family. Door prizes, great food and prizes awarded in more than 40 categories for car show entries. All proceeds benefit the OCVTEA Philanthropic Scholarship Fund.