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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    May 26, 2010

    First Annual Bernice A. Dowd Scholarships Presented at Apprenticeship Ceremony
    Jean Sullivian, May 26, 2010

    PHOTO CAPTION: OCVTS Adult Education Principal and Apprenticeship Coordinator Frank Folinus presents Kieran Duffy with the first annual Bernice A. Dowd Scholarship.

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY-The Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Apprenticeship Trades Certificate Awards Ceremony marked the end of a long four-year journey for sixty-three men and women. The OCVTS Apprenticeship programs require students to attend 144 hours per year of trade-related classroom instruction while logging 2000 hours of on-the-job training with an employer who sponsors the student. OCVTS offers apprenticeship training for Electricity; Machine Trades; Maintenance Mechanic; HVAC-R; as well as Plumbing.

    Last evening, family and friends gathered to celebrate as the apprenticeship graduates received their completion certificates and became journeymen in their trades.

    During the ceremony OCVTS Adult Education Principal and Apprenticeship Coordinator Frank Folinus presented two outstanding students, Kieran B. Duffy, HVAC-R graduate from Toms River, and Benjamin Kokin, Plumbing graduate from Jackson, with the first annual Bernice A. Dowd scholarships. In recognition of their outstanding four-year grade point averages and attendance records they each received a check for $630. The scholarship money had been collected through donations made to the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education in Ms. Dowd’s memory.

    Bernice Dowd began her career with OCVTS in 1997 as the Apprenticeship Coordinator. She became vice principal of Adult Education in 2001 and then principal in 2004. Ms. Dowd was responsible for the daily operations of the Adult Evening School, as well as monitoring the progress of the hundreds of trade apprentices she truly cared about. Bernice passed away suddenly in April 2009. Bernice was a professional in every sense of the word and is greatly missed, not only by the OCVTS district, but by the many individuals she has touched with her graceful presence along the way.

    In addition, Plumbing graduate Daniel Dalton from Jackson, received the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education Outstanding Apprenticeship Student Award for the overall highest grade point average of all apprenticeship graduates.

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