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  • CTE students gain leadership experience at statewide conference

    The HOSA Future Health Professionals Leadership Conference in Troy drew students from across New York

    The Career Services programs at SWBOCES’ Valhalla CTE campus sent eight students to HOSA's Fall Leadership Conference last week. The two-day conference for Career Tech students pursuing careers in healthcare left students energized about their programs and excited to have networked with peers statewide.

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  • Positively creative: Poster campaign aims to spread smiles on campus

    “There’s too much negativity out there in the world right now,” says Commercial Art teacher Damian Powers, whose students are doing something about that with a campuswide poster campaign that leverages their skills and creativity to spread smiles. 

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  • SWBOCES was at the top of their list of potential partner schools

    Partnership with Yonkers Honda opens a career path for Auto Tech students 

    Yonkers Honda and the Career Services campus are partnering to provide a potential career pathway to Automotive Technology students through the carmaker's “adopt-a-school” program. A recent daylong visit gave students a firsthand look at what the emerging opportunities the industry offers. 

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  • Another example of how CTE students stand out

    Commercial Art student earns the rank of Eagle Scout

    Ayden Stelling, a senior from Vahalla, made a promise to his grandfather that he would become his family's first Eagle Scout. That promise drove the second year Commercial Art student to complete an ambitious community a project and achieve something that only a small percentage of Boy Scouts do. "I’m working on a dream right now," Ayden says.

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  • Voting by their Careers Campus peers to decide whose designs impressed most

    Fashion Design & Marketing students' costume creations highlight Halloween's allure

    Presented with a half-dozen shopping bags filled with costumes and accessories from instructor Carmen.Galiano’s Halloweens past, students were asked to create original costumes. The results are on display in the Building B hallway, where their peers from across the Careers Center campus paraded through on Wednesday to vote for their favorites. The entire project fits neatly in her curriculum as she prepares students for a highly creative and highly competitive industry. “People spend millions on Halloween every year,” Ms. Galiano said. “This is an industry.”

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  • Collaboration between Chokomode, SWBOCES began with store's 2021 opening

    TV/Video and Sound Production students stage fashion show at The Westchester

    Students in the TV/Video and Sound Production programs collaborated with the owner of posh fashion retailer Chokomode to stage a fashion show at The Westchester mall Saturday, Oct. 8, marking the store’s one-year anniversary and the second collaboration with SWBOCES Center for Career Services.

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  • CTE Open House draws 200 to CTE program schowcase

    The Center for Special Services welcomed more than 200 parents to Open School Night Thursday, Oct. 13, giving them a chance to tour classrooms and meet with instructors of the training programs in which their children are enrolled.

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  • CTE Success: 'BOCES was the best decision I ever made'

    Jake Romer came to the Career Services Campus at Southern Westchester an "average student" by his own definition, but left as valedictorian was a sense of direction and the skills needed for a successful career in television. 

    “I tell everyone this, and I’m not even exaggerating, going to BOCES was the best decision I ever made,” said Mr. Romer, Class of 2016. 

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  • TV/Video alum is a star in his field with wisdom to share

    Steadicam and JIB owner/operator Tom Diaco has spent his career making creative decisions behind the camera, but he was already on his way to a two-decade run of success when he first arrived at Southern Westchester BOCES' TV/Video program

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  • Crisis drill gives CTE students a different view of emergency response

    Students in Robert Del Greco’s Emergency Medical Services classes recently participated in a Community Emergency Response Team drill as victim actors, giving emergency responders a chance to hone their skills helping people like those they might encounter in a real crisis.

    “Drills like these are great opportunities for our students to work with real world professionals and gain valuable experience,” Mr. Del Greco said.

    Alyssa Carasquillo, a senior from Harrison High School, portrayed a person with a cognitive disability who was disoriented following the hypothetical incident. The exercise gave her confidence that she could manage well in a crisis. "Attending to all those people looked really hard,” she said, “but I thought, I can do that."

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Scenes from the CTE Recognition Ceremonies, June 11, 2022