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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Career Conference Attracts Over 1,700 Students from Region's High Schools

Career Conference Attracts Over 1,700 Students from Region's Schools

Over 1,700 students from schools across our region attended the SWBOCES Center for Career Services Career Conference Nov. 17, where students got to hear from a number of professionals in the areas of accounting, architecture & interior design, construction, dental, electronics, engineering, law, medical technology, nursing, radio/TV and more.

The annual event is intended to give high school juniors an in-depth look at the types of careers they might want to pursue in the future. The half-day initiative was provided in two separate sessions, with students going to various rooms across the Valhalla campus to learn about the different careers.

The message from many of the professionals was to choose a career you love.

“You should do something as a career that you really enjoy,” said Desi Colon, a professor in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Program at Westchester Community College. Mr. Colon told the students that he has been 40 years in the industry and that the time has gone by quickly because he enjoyed it.

“Do something that you really have a passion for. Then it becomes easy,” he added.

Author Vincent Dacquino agreed. “If you want to find a suitable profession, you have to find you,” he told students interested in pursuing writing as a career. “Who are you, what makes you tick, what excites you, what scares you, what annoys you?”

Other professionals urged students to have an open mind about their career choices.

Meghan Moore-Wilk, director of space planning at the City University of New York, told students sitting in Christine Ireland’s Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art classroom that even though she is not an artist or an architect, she still has been able to make a career out of planning space for 24 campuses within the CUNY system.

Ms. Moore-Wilk regularly works with architects and engineers to create more flexible, technology-friendly space for students in many of the city’s public colleges.

Either working for a corporation or going into the space planning field as a consultant, Ms. Moore-Wilk said it was a worthwhile career to consider.

Still, others provided the direct benefits that come with certain professions. Speaking to students in Ray Sulla’s Security, Law and Policing classroom, Greenburgh Police Department Sergeant Martin Greenberg told students about the 24-hour shifts that police officers typically work and the time off that comes with that.

He also spoke about the security of such a civil service position, as well as its pay and health benefits. 

“We’re well protected,” said Sgt. Greenberg. “Unless I truly, truly, truly screw up, and there’s intent to screw up, my job is very safe.”

Students interested in going into the automotive industry were also reminded of the job security that comes with being an auto mechanic because of the demand for qualified workers. Peter Schwartzott, who teaches in the Automotive Technician Program, said there is a great need for certified mechanics.

Students who enroll in the BOCES program have the opportunity to receive college incentives and paid summer internships, in addition to being eligible to earn the Automotive Service Excellence certification.

Engineer Thomas Juell told students sitting in Leticia Noce’s Pre-Engineering classroom to spend some time thinking about their future. Enrolling in a two-year associate’s degree program before committing to four years of study in a particular discipline is a good idea, he said.

More importantly, he added, it’s the attitude that workers display on the job that will be of most benefit to them.

“One of the first things an employer wants you to do is show up,” he said.