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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2016

    March 23, 2016

    Jean Sullivian, March 23, 2016

    OCVTS Automotive Technology students participate in Auto Career Workshop at the OCVTS Brick Center  

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Education at OCVTS continues far beyond graduation. It is the mission of Ocean County Vocational Technical School not only to provide a strong foundation of skills in a chosen career field but to foster an environment which prepares graduates for meaningful employment while offering opportunities for the greatest potential for success.

    OCVTS Automotive Technology students, both high school level and adults who will be completing their programs in June participated in an Automotive Career Worship at the OCVTS Brick Center. The workshop, coordinated by Dan Yurowski from Ford Corporation focused on several aspects of career training and employment opportunities.
    With the projected increased demand for skilled automotive technicians, Ford developed the Automotive Student Service Educaitonal Training (ASSET) Program. ASSET is a training program with a paid internship allowing students to earn while you learn. Students alternate six to eight weeks in the classroom and six to eight weeks with their sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealer over a two-year period. At the end of the two years, they earn an Associate’s Degree as well as valuable on-the-job experience.

    Ford representatives, including OCVTS graduates who have completed the ASSET program spoke to current students about the opportuntities and advantages of the Ford-sponsored ASSET program. Brandon Fernandez, of Waretown, graduated from OCVTS in 2005. Brandon shared his story, “I was a classified student in high school. I had trouble with reading and writing and college was never on my radar. I really liked attending the Automotive Tech classes at OCVTS because it was so hands-on; I had to work really hard but I was accomplishing things I had never done before.” Brandon was working at Causeway Ford in Manahawkin and from there he enrolled in the ASSET program through Gloucester County College.

    OCVTS Auto Tech graduate Brandon Fernandez demonstrates an Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS), a computerized interface used to communicate with Ford vehicles and troubleshoot problems.

    “You have to realize it’s going to be hard work, you have to have a good attitude and be serious about what you’re doing. I have a great career, I earn good wages and there are lot of opportunities for me in the future.”

    Service managers from area Ford dealerships hosted interview sessions with the current OCVTS students looking for qualified employess and potential students for the ASSET programs. Two students have been offered employment while several others are awaiting notifications.

    OCVTS Brick Center Vice Principal John Biscardi added, “the event was a great opportunity for OCVTS students to hear from former students who have excelled in the field. Also they were able to meet local dealer service managers and area representatives from Ford Motor Company to better understand the career opportunities available to them after they complete their programs at OCVTS.”

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