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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Fashion Students Experience Industry Up Close

On a recent rainy day in Manhattan, a small group of students from Carmen Galiano’s Fashion Design & Merchandising Program crowded into a 5th floor garment factory space where sewing machines and yards of fabric crowd the space.

Johnny Wu Designs is one of a small group of companies that continues to serve New York’s fashion industry, despite high rents and labor costs. Owner Johnny Wu insists on keeping his business in the New York area, providing patterns, high-end samples, duplicates and small production items to over 200 new and emerging designers and apparel companies, including The Levi Group, Nieves Lavi and Coren Moore.

Students walked around the factory floor observing workers as they cut patterns and operated single needle lockstitch sewing machines with a special presser foot for leather and heavier thread. The students also saw workers use industrial sergers and hemmers, which create the seam finishes and hems that are most common on mass-produced clothing, especially knitwear.  

“You see how fast you can on go on these machines,” Ms. Galiano pointed out to her students as they watched an operator glide the machine’s needle over a seam.

Ms. Galiano’s classroom has four such industrial sewing machines, which the students will begin to work on later this semester.

“This is a big education for us, to see how things are mass produced,” said Ms. Galiano. "It is important for up-and-coming designers to know that we can still make clothing here in this country, especially in New York, the fashion capital."

Ms. Galiano said new campaigns funded by New York City to promote garment production here are underway. "I told Johnny that I appreciated his tour for my students' education and hoped that one day these students will be the designers bringing work right back to his doors."

Junior Malaika Nasimok of Ardsley High School said the class trip was an invaluable lesson for her.

“You don’t always get to see this side of the fashion world,” said Malaika, referring to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

After completing the factory tour, the group moved on to The Museum at FIT to view three exhibits, including “Black Fashion Designers,” which highlighted a broad and diverse range of influences and time periods, from the designer who made Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress to African-inspired clothing, French couture evening wear, British fine menswear tailoring, to street style that expressed political activism such as the anti-Apartheid movement and hip-hop culture.

The students also viewed two other exhibits at the museum, “Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968”and “Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond.”