News & Announcements

  • Meet new Nursing Program Coordinator Bridget Ciliberto

    Veteran nurse and classroom instructor Bridget Ciliberto found her calling at SWBOCES and has been named Practical Nursing Program Coordinator.

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  • Students Create Eye-Catching Signage

    Walk through Building B at our Center for Career Services and you'll see the incredible work of our Commercial Art students, whose creativity can be seen in the form of vinyl wraps currently on display in various areas of the building.

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  • Join our Cisco Academy Networking Program information sessions!

    Learn about our Cisco Academy Networking Program on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., in Building B on our Career Services campus, 65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. Register here! 

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  • Students at Tappan Hill School "Lend a Helping Hand"

    Tappan Hill students learned the value of lending a hand around their school during the month of January, a reflection on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Southern Westchester BOCES Congratulates Region's Reward Schools

    Southern Westchester BOCES congratulates region's newly identified Reward Schools.  

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  • Mother of 2 thanks SWBOCES for helping her set example for kids

    Lisa Wilson-Patrick, a 40-year-old mother of two, is thankful to SWBOCES for allowing her to set a positive example for her children, ages 6 and 15.

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  • Second Quarter Breakfast Celebrates Students' Achievements

    At the Center for Career Services' second-quarter breakfast, several students received awards for their high academic performance. 

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  • Students Get Ready for SkillsUSA Competition

    Students in Christine Ireland's Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class were practicing the steps necessary to compete successfully in the upcoming SkillsUSA competition, to take place in March. The activity was being done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Day 2018. 

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  • Students Avail of Work-Based Learning Hours Through Collaboration with YWCA

    Students in our Cosmetology Program at the Center for Career Services are getting valuable work-based learning hours through a special collaboration with the YWCA in White Plains. 

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  • Students Learn from Visit to Automotive Technology Center

    A class visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community Center gave BOCES auto students a peek into the school's well-respected associate's degree program in automotive technology. 

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  • Sound Production Students Will Learn from New Digital Drum Set

    Students in the BOCES Sound Production Program at the Center for Career Services will benefit from a digital drum set that was purchased recently. 

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  • Auto Students Bring Back Coveted Prizes

    Two teams of automotive technology students did their teachers proud after they competed and won a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition in early January. 

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  • Auto Students Work Toward Careers in the Industry

    Making a career for themselves in the auto industry is on the minds of our students as they sit for the ASE exam. 

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  • Drum Performance Helps Students Get Creative

    Architectural students had some help getting creative, thanks to a drum performance held in their class Jan. 29. 

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  • SWBOCES, Questar collaborate on future assessments

    Southern Westchester BOCES was chosen to host educators from throughout the region to collaborate with Questar Assessment on a three-day item-writing workshop.

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Ambulance Simulator Gets New Look

Ambulance Simulator Gets New Look

There’s been a lot of activity in the EMS classroom lately as students from Paul Casagrande’s Collision Technician class and Damian Powers’ Commercial Art Program have been working hard to give the ambulance simulator there a cool new look.

The simulator was constructed in the classroom last April by a Texas-based company called Ambulance Simulator Rescue Products. BOCES purchased the simulator from the company as a way to give students a more realistic experience of emergency medical procedures and to prepare them for careers as EMTs.

Covering the simulator with a vinyl wrap is the final step in the months-long collaborative project, which is nearing completion.  

EMS instructor Hanifah Muhammad asked both teachers if they would be willing to pitch in and make the simulator more professional looking.

Mr. Powers said he encouraged his students to think outside the box when developing designs for the wrap.

“The final design is not only about creating one great design; it’s about the process that you take to get there,” he told them.

The objective was to create a design that represented the theme of the EMS class, while also incorporating the EMS class logo, which was developed by the commercial art class a few years ago.

Just like they would in a real job setting, students were expected to carry out extensive research beforehand, meet with the creative director, Mr. Powers, and also with the client, the EMS class. Mr. Powers explained that the measurements were taken of the ambulance simulator and a template and scale model was created by his students so they could develop their designs.

Over 30 of them were created and a select few were presented to the EMS class. After providing feedback, Ms. Muhammad’s students chose a final design and voted on three words that they felt represented their character as healthcare providers, which were then incorporated into the design.

The graphic was printed out in panels using the large format vinyl wrap printer, which is located on campus.

Mr. Powers said it was “a great, fun project all around.” Ms. Muhammad said she is very happy with the results. “The creativity of the students really added to the realness of the simulator,” she said.