Acknowledging Excellence 2011
Jean Sullivian, April 4, 2011
|Caption: The 2011 Acknowledging Excellence recipients were honored for their outstanding accomplishments. Shown here left to right are: Vincent Giglio, Zack Slater, Peg Roma, Jennifer McMahon, Joel Perlmutter, and Patrick Erbe.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational and Technical Education honored the 2011 recipients of the Acknowledging Excellence Awards at the annual dinner ceremony. Each year the Foundation honors an outstanding community partnership, a retired educator and three Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) graduates.
This year the Foundation recognized Perlmart ShopRite of Ocean County as their community partnership. Owner Joel Perlmutter and Director of Human Resources Jennifer McMahon were recognized for the company’s commitment to OCVTS students through mentoring, job shadowing, facility tours, employment opportunities, as well as scholarships.
Peg Roma of Toms River, was recognized as a retired OCVTS educator. Peg Roma dedicated 37 years to her career in education. She began her teaching career in Jersey City and also taught in the Jackson and the Toms River school districts. Peg came to OCVTS in 2006, serving as vice principal at the OCVTS Lakehurst Center, vice principal of both the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) and the Performing Arts Academy, and then as principal for MATES in its inaugural year at the new facility in Manahawkin.
Three successful graduates were also recognized. Patrick Erbe, a lifelong resident of Toms River, graduated from the OCVTS Construction Technology Program in 1987. Patrick has been in the construction field for over 20 years and owns Erbe Builders, Inc. as well as several other construction-related businesses in Ocean County. Mr Erbe and his family are strong supporters of The Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center, Ocean County College Foundation, Toms River Little League, Harbor House, the YMCA and Toms River Rotary.
Vincent Giglio, of Farmingdale, graduated from the OCVTS Aviation Airframe and Powerplant Program in 1990. He continued his training in the aviation field achieving several specialized certifications including FAA Maintenance Inspector Authorization, private pilot’s license, with an Instrument rating, and currently flies Aerobatics for a hobby. Vincent worked for several different airlines before realizing his dream of operating his own aircraft maintenance business, First in Flight. Founded in 2003, the company continues to grow. Mr. Giglio sits on the NJ Aviation Education Council and the OCVTS Aviation Advisory Committee.
Zack Slater, of Toms River, graduated from the OCVTS Audio for Electronic Media Program in 2007. According to instructor Dennis Bourke, “Zack’s display of leadership skills motivated peers and enabled the classroom to be an enriching, creative learning environment. Zack’s rapid advancement in the corporate world of professional audio for MTV Productions, as head touring engineer for a major artist, is testament to his outstanding skills.” Zack is also employed by the Strand Theater in Lakewood for sound and stage work. Zack is currently enrolled at Ocean County College and he sits on the OCVTS Audio for Electronic Media Advisory Committee.
The honorees were recognized at a dinner ceremony held at the Quality Inn, Toms River and entertainment was provided by OCVTS Performing Arts Academy students.
The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education was established in 1994. The Foundation provides funds for learning and training activities not funded through other means. Donations also support professional growth of staff and provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs. The Foundation promotes community awareness of educational challenges and solutions and develops enrichment programs to address the needs of OCVTS and the community it serves. The Foundation also provides resources for equipment and training in the most recent technologies used in the workplace and for the development of innovative technologies in teaching and learning. For more information about the Foundation visit www.ocvts.org/foundation.