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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2014


    September 19, 2014

    Jean Sullivian, September 19, 2014

    September House: Students begin construction in September 2013

    OCEAN COUNTY, NJ- Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) was recognized as the Business Partner of the Year by the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's annual awards dinner. The award was presented in recognition of the innovative partnership with the OCVTS New Home Construction Program and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity.

    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.

    Working together, the OCVTS New Home Construction Program was developed as a 10-month accelerated construction trades training program for adult students providing real-world experience and hands-on skills. Last year, the students, under rigorous supervision, built a 2-story house for a family selected by Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity.

    The completed New Home Construction project in June 2014

    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. Fifteen adults graduated from the New Home Construction Program and all have been offered and/or are working in the construction field here in Ocean County.

    Construction has begun on the next OCVTS/Habitat house with a new group of students. For more information about the New Home Construction Program go to www.ocvts.org or call 732.473.3100 ext 3159. Financial Aid is available through grants, loans and Veterans Benefits. Learn a trade, build a career and be part of something great!

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