OCVTS Performing Arts Academy

Arts, Education, Grantee

OCVTS Performing Arts Academy

Arts, Education, Grantee

Providing a rigorous curriculum for creatively gifted and academically driven high school students.

The People

The OCVTS Performing Arts Academy expanded and moved to the OCC campus in collaboration with the Ocean County Vocational Technical School, Ocean County College, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the State of New Jersey.

The Project

The OCVTS Performing Arts Academy was previously located inside historic Hangar One at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  With its lease expiring, the Ocean County Freeholders, OCVTS, OCC, and the Foundation came together with the idea of moving the Academy to the OCC campus.  From these discussions, the plan for a new 57,000 square-foot building was born and opened in January of 2020.

The new building houses everything from a black box theatre to dance and recording studios, and hosts classroom space and learning labs.  This new facility is shared by OCC and OCVTS, allowing expansion of college programs in the performing arts. High school students enrolled at the PAA will also be able to earn college credit while still in high school.  Students will also have the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an OCC associates degree.

The Impact

Students attending the PAA will not only study in a state-of-the-art facility, they will receive a first-class education.  Enhanced performing arts training will empower graduates with the practical skills for higher education and/or a professional career in the arts. The academy offers four majors: theater, vocal, dance and audio engineering. Studies have shown that a performing arts education is linked with academic achievement, social development, emotional growth, and community involvement.

The Commitment

The Performing Arts Academy provides an environment that encompasses the belief that appreciation for social and cultural diversity is essential for success in a global society. The district provides equal access and opportunity in employment as well as enrollment, in all of its programs and activities, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age.

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