Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) and
Habitat for Humanity Working Together, Building a Better Tomorrow Jean Sullivian,June 20, 2014
New Home Construction students pose with Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato, Instructor Chris Sullivan and Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity recently held the House Dedication Ceremony for the completed home construction project in Berkeley Township. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, organizations throughout Ocean County came together to provide assistance to the many residents and business owners in dire need. As a result of these efforts a partnership was formed by Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity and Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Habitat for Humanity saw a shift in the focus of their mission from building new dwellings to repairing existing homes. There was a need for a workforce to help with their new construction objectives. OCVTS recognized an urgent need for skilled construction workers who would help rebuild our communities.
The completed New Home Construction project in June 2014
Working together, the OCVTS New Home Construction Program was developed. This 10-month accelerated construction trades training program for adult students provides real-world experience and hands-on skills. The students, under rigorous supervision, built a 2-story house for a family selected by Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity.
The students received training in: extensive safety training, use of hand and power tools, blueprint reading, layout, industry-related mathematics, skills in framing, roofing, sheathing, siding, door and window installation, staircases, drywall installation, insulation, trim work, ceilings and floors. Students also received the 10-hour OSHA Hazard Recognition Training Program as well as CPR AED First Aid training.
Students begin construction in September 2013
The House Dedication Ceremony marked the completion of the project for OCVTS students and a new beginning for the selected Habitat family.
Groundbreaking on the next OCVTS/Habitat house is scheduled for early Fall and Ocean County Vocational Technical School is accepting registration for the full-time 10-month New Home Construction Program now. Financial Aid through grants, loans and Veterans Benefits are available. Go to www.ocvts.org or call 732.473.3100 ext 3159 for more information. Learn a trade, build a career and be part of something great!