Mt. Laurel resident retires after more than 40 years at Occupational Training Center of Burlington…

Mt. Laurel resident retires after more than 40 years at Occupational Training Center of Burlington County

Gale Jugan worked at the OTC since 1974, most recently serving as vocational evaluator.

Mt Laurel resident Gale Jugan has retired after more than 40 years at Occupational Training Center of Burlington County. Jugan worked at the OTC since 1974, most recently serving as vocational evaluator.

The Occupational Training Center of Burlington County (OTC) has announced the retirement of longtime employee Gale Jugan — a resident of Mt. Laurel.

OTC officials say Jugan has worked at the OTC for more than 40 years, most recently serving as vocational evaluator.

According to OTC officials, the OTC of Burlington County is a private, non-profit organization that offers diversified vocational rehabilitation, job placement, and day programs, as well as residential services, for individuals with disabilities.

Officials describe the mission of the OTC as one to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential while providing assistance to disabled adults in preparing for the workplace and for success in the work environment vocationally, socially and personally.

Officials with OTC said Jugan joined the OTC team in 1974, shortly after graduating from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a special education degree.

She began her career as a teacher before getting additional certifications to become a vocational evaluator, a position she held for decades.

In this role, officials say Jugan has worked with clients to determine which OTC program is the best fit for them.

“We’d like to thank Gale for her decades of service to the OTC and congratulate her on retirement,” said Jeffrey Haines, executive director of the OTC of Burlington County. “Gale is known as the gatekeeper of the OTC because she has opened so many doors for individuals with disabilities, providing them with opportunities to reach their highest potential. She will be missed immensely.”

During retirement, Jugan is planning to spend more time with her family, travel, and volunteer for organizations that help people with disabilities.