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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Tech Expo 2017

Local Educators Showcase their Tech Prowess at LHRIC's Tech Expo

It was a packed house April 7 at the LHRIC’s Tech Expo 2017, with local educators sharing their knowledge of the latest tech tools and concepts in a variety of different breakout sessions and other participants taking the opportunity to network with peers and to meet some of the nation’s leading technology companies and sponsors of the daylong event.

In his keynote presentation titled, “20Time Project for Future-Ready Students,” Kevin Brookhouser talked about the need to provide students with problem-solving opportunities based on Google’s 20 Percent Project, an initiative that allows its employees to spend 20 percent of their time on pet projects.

While being focused in itself is a good thing, Mr. Brookhouser said, the urge to constantly be focused can have its drawbacks.

“It can get so acute that we fail to recognize the opportunities around us,” he told the packed auditorium at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor.

By contrast, Mr. Brookhouser, who teaches digital citizenship and computer science at the York School in Monterey, Calif., explained that students should engage themselves in activities that allow the mind to think in more creative ways.

Three elements that can drive innovative problem solving include giving students “radical autonomy” in the form of 20 Percent projects, providing them with the opportunity to do work that has value outside of the classroom walls, as well as honing mastery.

Local teachers in our region are already using these same principles to hone creativity and innovation among their students.

During a morning breakout session titled, “Drones, Virtual Realities and Robots….Welcome to Genius Hour in the Classroom,” Jody Kennedy of White Plains Middle School explained how students in her class are solving problems using drones, robots and other resources.

“I don’t care if I don’t know,” said Ms. Kennedy, referring to the emerging belief that teachers shouldn’t be the only experts in the classroom. “I can’t possibly know all the answers. We are all learning together.”

In another breakout session, educators from the Pelham School District recalled their Makerspace journey during the first year of implementation, adding that it was not only a year of discovery but also a chance to get into the “whole maker mindset,” said one teacher who presented.

“The key for teachers is to let go and explore,” added Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel Dr. Steven Garcia.

Other breakout sessions focused on balancing and blending traditional learning in the modern day classroom, finding the truth when all news is “fake,” the benefits of establishing a student help desk that can help faculty, classmates and younger students with technology issues, teaching students how to use infographics, using robots for learning, teaching students how to create their own LinkedIn pages, video sharing using live streaming and/or screen casting, and much, much more.

The Expo also included a special showing of “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” an award-winning film that details the struggles that families experience with their children’s growing addiction to social media and the Internet, offering up solutions on how to empower children to best navigate the digital world.  

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Expo 2017