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    Page Title| Administration  School History

    The Ocean County Vocational-Technical School was founded in 1959 with the establishment of a Licensed Practical Nursing Program. Trade related and technical programs for secondary students began in 1963. Two years later, the adult evening, Post High School school was founded.

    Until 1972, when the Brick, Jackson and Waretown Centers were completed, all programs were offered in Toms River. Today a wide variety of high-tech courses are offered. They include those in automotive, health technology, computers, and digital imaging, as well as traditional programs including cosmetology and culinary arts. Classes are offered during day and evening hours.

    In 1994, the Career & Technical Institute (CTI) was opened in historic Hangar One at the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station. It offers several high tech adult programs including those in aviation and electronic technologies. CTI also houses the district’s first full-time academy educational program for high school students. The Enrichment Center opened in September of 1996 and this June awarded full academic diplomas to its first six graduates.

    Expanding its high-tech base, in 1997 the district established the second academy, the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). In September 1998, the Culinary Arts Academy was established and the following September the fourth academy, the Academy of the Arts and Graphic Design Technology was opened.

    The Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools employs 235 full-time personnel and 190 part-time employees. Working with Superintendent William P. Hoey Jr., Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael B. Maschi, a five-member Board of Education oversees policy for administration of the schools.

    • Each year, more than 5,500 Ocean County residents enroll in OCVTS courses.

    • Since 1959, OCVTS has educated over 189,000 members of the surrounding communities.

    • In 1959 the district budget was $55,000. The 2016-2017 budget is $27,874,864.

    • OCVTS started with a single Licensed Practical Nursing Program in one building in downtown
      Toms River. Today it offers more than 50 career programs at eight centers and satellite locations throughout Ocean County.

    • The original teaching staff consisted of just a few teachers. Today the district employs a
      staff of 235 full-time and 190 part-time employees.

    • With the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy housed in historic Hangar One at the Joint Base
      Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), OCVTS is the only public school in the nation to have a facility on a US military base.

    • The district’s commitment to technology includes the support of a Wide Area Network (WAN)
      with over 2,500 computers and 35 servers. It is one of the best technology education systems in the county.

    • The OCVTS district currently has 26 articulation agreements with colleges through Technical
      Preparation (Tech Prep) programs. These Tech Prep agreements allow students to earn college credits while attending OCVTS and promote a seamless transition to colleges and successful careers.

    • OCVTS has three full-time high school academies. The Performing Arts Academy, which is
      located at the JBMDL, Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), located in Stafford Township and the Academy of Law and Public Safety, located in Waretown, which expanded to full-time status in 2016.

    • In 2017, OCVTS students won 52 medals, including 27 first place gold medals, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals in statewide competition sponsored by SkillsUSA. The National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky in June yielded 1 silver and 1 bronze medal as well as 6 students finishing in the top ten in their competitions.

    • 2017 OCVTS graduates, both shared-time and full-time, were offered scholarships and awards from over 280 sponsors, organizations, businesses and educational institutions which totaled over $30,344,000.

    • The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education awarded over $60,000 in
      scholarships and outstanding student awards to graduates in 2017. Since the foundation was
      established in 1994, it has

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