News & Announcements

  • 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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  • Sharing and Caring the Theme of Special Assembly

    Students at the Tappan Hill School enjoyed a special assembly at their school Jan. 22 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Day and to reinforce the importance of sharing and caring. 

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Close to 300 Students Graduate from SWBOCES Center for Career Services

It had all the trappings of a regular high school graduation, but for close to 300 seniors from schools across Westchester, the SWBOCES Center for Career Services recognition ceremony June 15 was the end of an enlightening two-year journey.

It was a journey that not only expanded their skills in an array of career and technical disciplines, but also prepared them for further study at two- or four-year colleges and for employment in a broad range of multi-faceted industries.

The close to three-hour ceremony, held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, began with an introduction from Center Director Dahlia Jackson followed by a greeting from salutatorian Francisco Orozco, a graduate of the Pre-Engineering Program, and a student reflection from Addy Velez, valedictorian and graduate of the Security, Law & Policing Program.

Both students attended New Rochelle High School.

“We are all beginning a new chapter in our lives and starting to build our future,” said Addy, who will attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the fall. Her eventual dream is to become an FBI agent.

This year’s guest speakers included previous graduates of the Emergency Medical Services Program, who spoke about the merits of the program and how it has impacted their success in the real world.

The speakers were: Malik Barnett and Maria Cardenas, both 2012 graduates of New Rochelle High School; Ariel Hilario, a 2015 graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School; Christopher Leak, a 2015 graduate of Pelham High School; Malachi Marshall, a 2011 graduate of Woodlands High School and Brian Usher, a 2011 graduate of Hastings High School.

District Superintendent Dr. Harold Coles urged the graduates to remain honest as they go out into the world.

“You will face forks in the road,” said Dr. Coles, telling the students that when they reach such obstacles, they should have the integrity, honesty and moral character to face them.

In his keynote presentation, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino urged the graduates to put their newfound skills to good use.

“Many of you are eager to get out there, to get the chance to immerse yourself in a career, to work hard and to make a good living,” he told them.

“And you know what that makes you? That makes you a great citizen. By preparing yourself for the workforce, you’re also setting a great example for other young people by demonstrating that going into a trade and perfecting marketable skills puts you in unique position to succeed in the job of your dreams.”

As is customary each year, the TV/Video Production Program showcased its “Student Voices” video, which included commentary from a wide range of students on their experiences in various BOCES programs.

The event included the presentation of various student awards, as well as awards to educators who have worked with and for BOCES over the years, including the Anne Gargan Memorial Plaque, which was presented to Dr. Barbara Ferraro, superintendent of the Rye Neck School District, on behalf of the family of Dr. Anne Gargan.

Dr. Gargan served as an educational consultant to BOCES until her death last month.

Jeanette Kim, assistant dean for High School Partnerships at Westchester Community College, was also honored for her collaborative work with BOCES on the Early College Experience Program, which has enabled students from seven programs to gain early college credit.

Long-time culinary instructor Gerry Murphy was also honored for his 37 years of service to BOCES. His co-workers in the Culinary Program, Chef Peter Tomaskovic and Chef John Damiani, spoke fondly about their experiences working with Mr. Murphy.