Ocean County Vocational Technical School has honored Viking Yacht, of New Gretna, a world leader in the production of semi-custom luxury performance sport-fishing and cruising yachts.
“Viking Yacht has been an avid supporter of the district for over a decade,” said OCVTS superintendent William Hoey.
The high-quality walnut and teak donated by Viking was used by the students in the woodworking and design program for a wide variety of projects, including set designs for the Performing Arts Academy.
“While their educational support through tours, educational experiences, and internships provides direct support to our students and teachers, their financial support through donations of funds, supplies and materials allows us to provide our students greater access to resources for career and college readiness activities,” he said.
Earlier this year, 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 yachts is matched and numbered to ensure the highest-quality finished product, and the leftover materials cannot be used on another build. 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.
“Thanks to Viking’s support of our schools, we hope to return the favor by providing the company with a pipeline of future potential employees,” Hoey said.