OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently held a ceremony at Mancini Hall at the Ocean County Library to celebrate the completion of apprenticeship training for students in certain trades.
The Apprenticeship Trades Certificate Awards recognized those who completed the Electricity; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R); Plumbing; Automotive Mechanic and Maintenance Mechanic programs.
The arduous, four-year apprenticeship programs demand a lot of time and effort. Students are required to take 576 hours of trade-related classroom instruction as well as log 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with an employer who sponsors the student. All of this, in just four years.
During the ceremony, led by OCVTS Adult Education Principal and Apprenticeship Coordinator Mary Beatty-Sharisky, graduates were given certificates of completion from OCVTS.
Students received various awards for their hard work and dedication through the years. Presented by Assistant Superintendent Nancy Weber-Loeffert, the recipients of the Outstanding Student Awards were:
- Maintenance Mechanic graduate Andrew Crawford, of Brick
- HVAC-R graduate Michael Peter, Jr., of Manahawkin
- Automotive Mechanic graduate Michael DeCrescenzo, of Lanoka Harbor
- Plumbing Graduate Gregory Frachette, of Manahawkin.
In addition to these students, Electricity graduate Glenn Spiedel of Brick, received an Outstanding Student Award and the Vocational Educational Commitment Award, in honor of Bruce B. Beatty, Professional Engineer.
Plumbing Graduate Kevin Koehler, of Forked River, received honors for Perfect Attendance throughout the four year program, sponsored by Sidney Finkelstein, P.A.
HVAC-R graduate Al Raimi, of Woodbridge, received the Striving for Success Outstanding Student Award, also sponsored by Sidney Finkelstein, P.A.
For more information about the OCVTS Apprenticeship Programs visit ocvts.org.