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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2019

    January 4, 2019

    Jean Sullivian, January 4, 2019

    Glen Speidel, of Brick, was recognized by the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education, for his outstanding commitment and hard work as an Apprenticeship Electricity student over the past four years. OCVTS Assistant Superintendent Nancy Weber-Loeffert presented Mr. Speidel with his award at the recent Apprenticeship Ceremony.
    OCVTS Pre-Engineering students Matt Posemato, from Bayville; Billy Powers from Barnegat; and John Tirpak-Winters from Forked River, proudly show off their championship plaque. Above, Toms River Team #19 positions robotic vehicle for the first challenge. The vehicle had second fastest time in the competition and took top prize for creative design. Right, Brick Team 4 prepares for on-site challenge; clocks fourth fastest time.  


    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -Ocean County Vocational Technical School students earned top honors at the annual Tech Prep Robotics Competition held recently at Ocean County College. High school and middle school students from throughout the county designed robotic vehicles using materials from standard kits and adhering to competition guidelines.

    The OCVTS Pre-Engineering Technology class entered three teams to compete against teams from six other Ocean County high schools. The contest required the construction, programming and controlling of robots to battle strategically, one on one, in a wrestling match. The contest was a double elimination format.  All teams battled their opponents resulting in two OCVTS teams meeting head to head in the semifinals.  OCVTS team Mudflap and the Rod Supports consisting of Matt Posemato, Billy Powers and John Tirpak-Winters came out victorious to bring home the First Place Championship.

    The Tech Prep, or Technical Preparation Initiative, incorporates academics and hands-on learning
    at the high school level with articulated curriculum links to Ocean County post-secondary educational

    The OCVTS Pre-Engineering Program prepares individuals to apply engineering principles and technical skills.  The program’s focus is on the development of mechanical engineering production skills through hand-drafting, 2D Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), and 3D CAD Solid Modeling technologies. Skill sets are enhanced with studies of 3D-Printing Prototyping, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Controlled Machining (CNC) with G-Code Programming, robotics as well as hand fabrication tools and methods. Students are exposed to current and relevant career pathways in related industry sectors such as industrial, mechanical, and electronic engineering, as well as furthering their education beyond the classroom.

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