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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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  • 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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Culinary Arts Grad Wins Award

Culinary Arts Grad Wins Chopped Awawrd

Culinary Arts Grad Wins Second Place in SUNY Cobbleskill MRE Chopped Challenge

Culinary Arts Grad  Wins Second Place in SUNY Cobleskill MRE Chopped Challenge

Turning the military’s ready-to-eat meal, known as the MRE, into a creative dish might seem like an impossible task for most, but not for Matthew Wellington, a BOCES culinary grad who is currently attending the SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Arts Program.

Matthew, a New Rochelle High School graduate, took second place in the college’s annual MRE Chopped Challenge.

The Nov. 16 contest, which was hosted by the New York Army National Guard, consisted of eight teams of two students each. The contestants were given random MREs with only 10 minutes to review the ingredients and then develop a menu. They were also allowed to go to the local Walmart for 15 minutes and buy other ingredients that might enhance the dish, with each of them required to stick to a $10 budget. They had one hour to cook something using as many of the MRE ingredients as possible.

The 18-year-old remembers it being a little harrowing, yet a true learning experience.

“For me as a freshman and a last-minute addition competing against previous winners, as well as freshmen and other upperclassmen, I felt very nervous about the competition and cooking for military personnel,” Matthew recalled.

MREs are the primary food ration for the United States Armed Forces. They generally contain an entrée, a side dish, a cracker or bread, a peanut butter jelly or cheese spread, dessert, candy, a beverage, hot sauce or seasoning, a flameless ration heater and accessories such as spoons, matches, creamer, sugar, salt and more.

Using the ingredients available to them, Matthew and his partner, Daymen, quickly turned their allotment of chicken, bread, M&Ms, pop tarts, barbeque sauce and applesauce into something visually appealing.

The result was Mexican style grilled chicken in a bread bowl with caramelized onion and red wine, and the addition of a little rice on the side.

The judges, all troops in the National Guard, as well as being culinary specialists, awarded the top prizes based on taste, creativity, and presentation.

While attending the BOCES Culinary Arts Program, Matthew remembers learning a lot from chefs Gerry Murphy, now retired, Peter Tomaskovic and John Damiani.

“All three of them helped get me into the field,” said Matthew, referring to the valuable work experience he got at the VIP and Wykagyl country clubs in New Rochelle. “That helped get me into five schools, including SUNY Cobleskill,” he added.

Matthew, who is of Jamaican heritage, said he remembers his father cooking a lot for family and friends, weddings, funerals and other church functions, as well as for the local placement home for boys. His mother worked in a restaurant. 

“I got attached to the idea of cooking and found my passion for it,” he said. Matthew intends to complete the college’s two-year Associate in Occupational Studies degree and then plans to work closer to home.

Culinary Arts Grad Wins Chopped Award