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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    April 6, 2010

    Lowe’s Donates Tools to Ocean County Vocational Technical School as Part of National Toolbox for Education Program
    Jean Sullivian, April 6, 2010

    Caption: OCVTS Instructor Marco Esposito (far right) is presented with the Toolbox for Education toolkit, displayed on table. Pictured from from left to right are : Operations Manager Ed Merkin, OCVTS Auto Tech Students (pictured in their SkillsUSA blazers), Commercial Sales Specialist Robert McGee , and Commercial Sales Specialist James Intorella.

    MANAHAWKIN, NJ- Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of skilled trade professionals at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) through their new Toolbox for Education program. Lowe’s donated approximately $1000 worth of Kobalt tools to each of the OCVTS Automotive Technology Programs located at the Waretown, Jackson and Brick centers as part of the new national program, which will total $450,000 to more than 400 SkillsUSA automotive service technology programs across the nation for use in their classrooms.

    OCVTS Instructor Marco Esposito was selected to receive the tool kit for the local Automotive Technology program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Waretown Center. Mr. Esposito, along with two of his students, Steven Kolb of Brick, and Aaron Coleman of Tuckerton, were presented with a table full of tools at the Lowe’s Store in Manahawkin. Steven and Aaron both earned first place honors in their automotive divisions for the Waretown Center in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition and advanced to New Jersey State SkillsUSA . On hand for the presentation were Ed Merkin, Lowe’s Operations Manager; and Commercial Sales Specialists Rob McGee and Jim Intorella.

    OCVTS Instructor Dan McCormack was selected to receive the tool kit for the local Automotive Technology program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Brick Center. Mr. McCormack and several of his students who competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition, were presented with the tools at the Lowe’s Store in Brick. On hand for the presentation were Scott Bland and Alphonse Paolello, Commercial Sales Specialists for Lowe’s. Two students Chris Meyers of Toms River and Chris Levy ,of Lakewood performed well in automotive divisions at the SkillsUSA Regional Competition held in February and qualified to compete at New Jersey State SkillsUSA Somerset, New Jersey on May 8. There, Chris Meyers earned a Silver Medal in the Automotive Service Technology division.

    OCVTS Instructor William Galese was selected to receive the tool kit for the local Automotive and Diesel Engine Technology program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Jackson Center. Mr. Galese and his students traveled to the Lowe’s store in Manchester to receive their toolkit.

    “By working with Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA to provide tools to the students, Lowe’s is able to help prepare the future of America’s skilled workforce in their chosen career paths,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “With Kobalt tools in their toolbox and training from their schools and SkillsUSA, students will be better prepared for success when they enter the work force.”

    ABOUT SKILLSUSA SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 3,700 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit: www.skillsusa.org.

    ABOUT LOWE’S Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2008, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,650 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit: Lowes.com/community.

    ABOUT OCEAN COUNTY VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL The mission of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School system is to prepare students for job placement or further education leading to successful employment. Founded in 1959, OCVTS now offers over 30 career training programs at six locations throughout Ocean County for high school students as well as adults. OCVTS develops partnerships with affiliated schools, parents, business, industry and community agencies to create and deliver opportunities for students to participate in quality occupational programs and support services. For more information, visit www.ocvts.org.

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