Board of Education members tour workforce preparation programs

Visit to adult education classes continues yearlong tour of SWBOCES programs

administrator provides program presentationMembers of the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education had the opportunity to tour some of the workforce preparation programs offered by the Center for Adult & Community Services, learning firsthand how we prepare students for new careers and jumpstart existing ones with the skills and technical training needed to excel professionally. 

President John Filiberti and board members Dr. Sheryl Brady, Lynn Frazer-McBride and Nilesh Jain were joined April 26 by District Superintendent Dr. Harold Coles, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services James Gratto, District Clerk Mary Kelley, Director of Adult & Community Services Tracy Racicot and Coordinator of Adult & Continuing Education Betsy Evans.

Among the programs they visited were plumbing, HVAC, welding, carpentry, electrical and CISCO networking. They met with students and instructors. Ms. Racicot shared an overview of the programs and the many ways the center collaborates with industry partners and other agencies to offer in-demand training where it is needed most. 

“It is always a welcome opportunity to meet with our Board of Education members, both to thank them for their continued support of our students and our programs but also to share with them our successes in providing cutting-edge training to adults in our region who are seeking to advance their careers,” Ms. Racicot said. 

Welding student Steven Amato is taking his third course in a series at Southern Westchester BOCES and couldn’t be happier with the program or the people who run it. He was inspired by the board members’ visit to share his enthusiasm.

In particular, he said, Instructor Sam McGhee is a tremendous asset, bringing a lifetime of experience and personal attention to the classes he teaches. 

“The program is tremendous, the value is incredible, and the people behind the scenes are friendly, helpful, and dedicated every step of the way,” Mr. Amato said. “The program will fulfill your needs whether you’re a hobbyist, a contractor learning a new skill, or a graduate considering the metal working field.”

administrators tour classroom

board members meet with teacher