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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Students Get Sneak Peak at Innovative Automotive Technology Program

For students who are serious about furthering their knowledge of automotive technology, a visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community College is a must.

A group of students from the SWBOCES Automotive Technician Program discovered that and more during a special class trip to the state-of-the-art center on March 29.

The 27,000 square-foot facility includes five classrooms, a Snap-on certified lab, with 10 lifts and customized Snap-on equipment, which is considered the industry’s high-end tools of choice.

Automotive Department Spokesperson Doreen Zarcone led the morning tour by telling students about the college’s popular associate’s degree program in automotive technology.

Students who complete the program receive 40 credits in automotive technology and 20 general education credits.

On-the-job training is a crucial facet of the program, she explained, with students getting the opportunity to train for four weeks each semester at a participating Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) dealership.

Assistant Professor and Dept. Chair Corey Ratner and Professor Colm Derasmo, the center’s Ford ASSET coordinator, talked about the opportunities open to students when they graduate from the renowned program.

They also spoke to the shortage of auto technicians in the industry and the rate at which the auto industry is becoming more and more automated.

“Today’s automotive techs are bordering electrical engineers,” said Professor Derasmo. “It’s a cool time that we’re in.”

Students were also given information on the admissions process and the requirements that are needed to apply for the program as well a complete tour of the building.