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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    July 8, 2010

    OCVTS Holds Graduation For Practical Nursing Students
    Jean Sullivian, July 8, 2010

    Caption: Receiving recognition at graduation ceremonies are (left to right): Jessica Hulse of Toms River (2nd highest GPA), Allison Wujack of Bayville (Highest GPA), and Nancy Pavliv of Toms River (3rd highest GPA).


    TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY-Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently held graduation ceremonies for the Practical Nursing program. 75 student nurses received diplomas for successfully completing the 11-month intensive Practical Nursing program. Families and friends gathered to applaud the graduates who persevered through the extremely challenging curriculum and demanding schedules and completed the program. The ceremony marked a milestone as it was the fiftieth year for the nursing program. OCVTS opened its doors in 1959 and at that time offered one course, the Practical Nursing Program. 21 students graduated from that first class. Several 2010 graduates received scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievements.

    The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education presented scholarships for the continuation of academic advancement to several graduates to acknowledge the student’s hard work and dedication to their vocation, school community and family. Awards are presented to the following students: Lucy Alianiello, Toms River; Lisa Daly, Toms River; Victoria Elliot, Waretown; Ashley Farber, Brick; Monica Funk, Beachwood; Tanya Klemick, Toms River; Gina Manochio, Toms River; MaryEllen Pannone, Barnegat; Nancy Pavliv, Toms River; Jeremia Walsh, Long Beach Township; Jeffrey Welch, Forked River; and Doris D’Anton, Toms River.

    The Vocational Education Commitment Award and Scholarship (known as the VECA Award) recognizes outstanding service, leadership and dedication to vocational education and is in memory of Bruce B. Beatty, a former engineer and President of the Society of Professional Engineers, was presented to Doris D’Anton, Toms River.

    Several graduates excelled in both academics and the required clinical work experience at local medical facilities. Through the generosity of the nursing program’s clinical affiliates, Clinical Excellence Awards were presented: Jennifer Ferrante, Forked River; Holly Gerena, Barnegat; Lauren King, Brick; and Jillian Schoonmaker, Pine Beach.

    Awards of Academic Excellence was presented Allison Wujack, Bayville for maintaining the highest grade point average Jessica Hulse, Toms River, for maintaining the second highest average and Nancy Pavliv, Toms River for maintaining the third highest grade point average throughout the program.

    OCVTS Principal Jo Ann Price sees a bright future for OCVTS graduates. “Licensed Practical Nurses are a vital part of healthcare and their roles and responsibilities will continue to grow.” Ms. Price reflected on the advancement of technology over the past fifty years and the ever-changing challenges which face health care professionals each day.

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