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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Fashion Students Donate Pillow Dolls to Ronald McDonald House

It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to cheer up the children and their families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley than to surprise them with a basket full of colorful pillow dolls.

Five students from the SWBOCES Fashion Design & Merchandising Program at the Center for Career Services in Valhalla hand delivered the adorable items to the facility Feb. 13 in advance of the holiday. 

The Ronald McDonald House is located next door to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families with critically ill children who are being treated at the nearby hospital. Many of them are either premature babies or youngsters suffering from cancer or other life-threatening conditions.

After dropping off the dolls, aptly given fun names like Edgar, Gopi, Boop, Tootsie, Jeffry and Mr. Fancy, the students, along with instructor Carmen Galiano and BOCES Supervisor Orande Daring, were taken on a tour of the facility.

The two-story house includes 12 bedrooms, each with a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, a play room and lounge area. 

Each family is given its own cabinet for food supplies as well as refrigeration space.

The weeks-long project was the students’ first sewing assignment, with all of the machine-stitched dolls made with very young children in mind, explained Ms. Galiano. They were made from felt material, and contain no choking hazards such as button eyes, she said.

Ms. Galiano said the class was inspired by the UGLYDOLL brand, a line of plush toys that was developed several years ago. She felt they were suitable for the children because they are soft and appeal to both genders and all ages.

“This is like fashion with love,” said Ms. Galiano. “It was something we really believed in, and we were happy to do it.”