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CTE Success Story: John Holmes credits OCVTS teachers for giving him a head start in his automotive career

February 13, 2023

Ocean County CTE Month Success Story John HolmesJohn Holmes, of Manahawkin, transitioned right from his high school automotive classroom into the workforce. He felt prepared because of the quality of education he received, provided by what he describes as outstanding teachers, at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS), Jackson Campus. 

“From hands-on to shared experiences, the teachers helped me with everything,” he said. “They prepared students for employee etiquette, such as how to write a resume, and they helped place students at automotive businesses. Quite simply, they do everything they can to help students succeed.” 

Holmes went on to say, “I am particularly grateful for teachers Mike Lundin and John Wilusz, who always went above and beyond to help teach and guide me. I’m grateful for all the knowledge they imparted that ultimately led me to a full-time job at Causeway Collision, Manahawkin.” 

At Causeway Collision, Holmes is responsible for restoring vehicles to their pre-collision state. He fixes dents, welds panels, tackles mechanical and suspension issues, uses the frame machine to measure and straighten the body of a car, repairs glass, and much more.

He said his vocational-technical education encouraged him to use a foundation of knowledge to problem solve when working on cars.

He expressed his gratitude by adding, “The lessons I learned while in class will follow me through life.”

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