July 25, 2013

OCVTS Receives Generous Donation from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

Toms River residents Jay and Linda Grunin, along with their son Jeremy, believe that young people can benefit from vocational technical education.  Many high school students and high school graduates who choose not to go to college can receive great training and build a strong foundation of skills which can lead to great careers.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation recently demonstrated the family’s strong support by donating $20,000 to the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS).  OCVTS is set to launch a new accelerated training program for New Home Construction.  This program, in partnership with Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, will prepare students in each phase of construction as they build a home right here in Ocean County.  The Foundation specified the donation to help fund the new program.

“OCVTS is a perfect match for the mission of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation” said Foundation executive Jeremy Grunin.  “Both organizations are committed to helping the young people of Ocean County develop great careers.  The Foundation is a strong advocate for continuing to infuse top notch talent in to local commerce and the OCVTS is certainly a great vehicle for doing just that.”

OCVTS developed the New Home Construction Program in response to a growing need for skilled workers in the construction field.

Locally, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy there is a tremendous amount of construction work and a shortage of qualified carpenters.  The program will run September through June and will involve the construction of a home from the foundation up. Additional OCVTS students in the Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC apprenticeship training programs will assist with the build.

For more information about the New Home Construction Program, visit www.ocvts.org.  Applications are still being accepted for the program. Learn a trade and be part of something great!  Call 732.473.3159 for details.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation has also contributed to the success of other OCVTS programs.

Last year a $100,000 donation launched the OCVTS Job Placement Services Department.  This department works to provide employment opportunities for OCVTS students and graduates through strong partnerships with local business and industry who are eager to hire qualified, skilled workers.  To date, well over 100 students/graduates have found employment through this office.

Two years ago, a donation from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation helped fund start-up costs for the implementation and training for the Electronic Health Records Specialist program. This program prepares students for in-demand jobs in the medical office setting.

For Further Information:

Jean Sullivan Communications Director, Ocean County Vocational Technical School, 131 Bey Lea Road, Toms River, NJ 08753 732.473.3100 x3060 or jsullivan@mail.ocvts.org