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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Eastchester's Dante Giannini credits SWBOCES for his success

Culinary Grad a “Chopped” Champion

A 2006 graduate of the SWBOCES Culinary Arts Program was recently crowned the winner of the latest season of “Chopped,” the Food Network’s cooking game show.

Dante Giannini, also an Eastchester High School graduate, claimed the $10,000 first prize earlier this month when he went up against three other chefs from restaurants across the country.

In each episode, contestants are expected to compete in three rounds called “Appetizer,” “Entrée” and “Dessert.” Each chef is given a basket containing three to five mystery ingredients from which they are expected to create a meal.

The competitors are given 20 minutes for the first round and, if they successfully move to the second and third rounds, they are given 30 minutes for each. They also have access to a pantry and a refrigerator stocked with a variety of other ingredients.

Mr. Giannini, who has an associate’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America, credits much of his success to the hands-on skills he acquired in the BOCES program located in Valhalla, and to getting him his first real job at the Bronxville Field Club.

The young entrepreneur, who specializes in New American French cuisine, has also worked in a variety of other restaurants and hotels since leaving BOCES.

They include Oceana in New York City, where he served as an Amuse-Bouche chef, creating single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvres; Equus at the Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, where he worked as a cook; and at the exclusive 1770 House in the Hamptons, where he was hired initially as a sous chef and later became the restaurant’s executive chef.  

“If I was able to stay another two years in the BOCES program, I feel like I would have gotten the same education that I got at CIA,” he said.

Mr. Giannini, now in his late 20s, currently serves as Jimmy Buffett’s estate chef, preparing meals for the musician’s family and friends at his many homes located in Manhattan, the Hamptons, South Carolina and the Caribbean.

The two-year BOCES Culinary Arts Program provides instruction and hands-on experience in the fundamental concepts and techniques of cooking. Training is provided in butchering, baking, nutrition, menu planning and catering.