|| 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 218 full-time personnel and 163 part-time employees. Working with Superintendent William P. Hoey Jr., Assistant Superintendent Thomas Resch, a five-member Board of Education oversees policy for administration of the schools.
OCVTS | By The Numbers
• Each year, more than 4,000 Ocean County residents enroll in OCVTS courses.
• Since 1959, OCVTS has educated over 169,000 members of the surrounding communities.
• In 1959 the district budget was $55,000. The 2010-2011 budget is $26,402,590.00
• OCVTS started with a single Licensed Practical Nursing Program in one building in downtown Toms River. Today it offers more than 30 career programs at six centers and several satellite locations throughout Ocean County.
• The original teaching staff consisted of just a few teachers. Today the district employs a staff of 225 full-time employees and 109 part-time employees.
• With the OCVTS Lakehurst Center 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 1,000 computers and 31 servers. It is one of the best technology education systems in the county.
• The OCVTS district currently has 21 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 established two full-time high school academies. The Performing Arts Academy, which is located at the JBMDL, and the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), located at a new multi million dollar state-of-the-art facility in Stafford Township.
• This year, OCVTS students won 42 medals, including 19 first place gold medals in statewide competition sponsored by SkillsUSA.