Viking Yachts Company, of New Gretna, NJ, has been a community partner and strong supporter of Ocean County Vocational Technical School for many years.
The internationally-known custom yacht company provides employment and mentoring opportunities for OCVTS students, as well as tours of its renowned manufacturing facility.
In its most recent contribution to the district, Viking donated a large quantity of walnut and teak to expand the real-world work experience for the students in the custom woodworking and design program at the district’s Jackson Center.
The wood ordered for each of Viking’s custom sport fishing and cruising yachts is matched and numbered to ensure the highest-quality finished product. The leftover materials cannot be used on another build because the grain patterns and color vary, so Viking donated leftover wood to OCVTS.
Students have used the walnut and teak for projects ranging from coffee tables, cabinets, and desks, to the construction of the elaborate set designs for the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy’s musical productions, including Sister Act and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Donations such as this provide valuable resources in the workshop, expand students’ knowledge of high-quality materials not generally available to them, and inspire their creativity.
Michael Donohue, Viking Yachts Human Resources Manager, is an OCVTS graduate and now serves on the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education.