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  • Latest tech and tools give Automotive students the training advantage

    Our Career Tech programs rely on cutting-edge technology and tools to ensure our students are prepared for the world of work as it looks now and how it develops in the future. Here are two examples. Students in Mr. Nelson’s Automotive Technology class at SWBOCES' Career Services campus in Valhalla are learning about hybrid cars—notice the battery below the engine. Meanwhile, Mr. Schwartzott’s Auto Tech students work with a brake simulator to understand the intricacies of proper brake maintenance and repair.

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  • CTE students use makeup, styles to recreate looks from past decades

    Students in Cosmetology 1 at the Career Services campus showed off their skills by creating unique personal looks representing past decades' styles. Scroll through the photos to see more examples.

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  • Outreach to younger students shares future opportunities available

    Middle School visitors get a firsthand look at CTE programs

    The Career Services campus in Valhalla welcomed 217 middle school students from a half-dozen component districts this week, giving them a firsthand look at the program offerings that will be available to them in a few years.

    “This is a new level of outreach we have developed to give students and their families the information they need to make an informed decision about whether a CTE program is right for them,” Principal Evangelo Michas said.

    Students from Valhalla, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Irvington, Tarrytown and SWBOCES’ own Rye Lake Campus attended the three-day event.

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  • EMS students eager to represent SWBOCES CTE programs at expo in Albany

    Gianluca Queirolo and Michael Pereira are among a contingent of students and educators who will represent Southern Westchester BOCES' Career and Technical Education programs at the state capitol March 14.

    BOCES Expo 2023 will showcase CTE programs from BOCES across New York State at the base of the great stairwell of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

    Gianluca and Michael, along with two classmates in the Emergency Medical Services program, will join teacher Robert Del Greco in presenting an EMS demonstration for event visitors.

    "We plan on presenting the basics of EMS," Gianluca said.  "We also look forward to seeing other programs from around the state."

    "Southern Westchester BOCES' EMS program is one of the best programs," said Michael.

    He and Gianluca are both Sleepy Hollow High School students and certified first responders in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow fire departments and ambulance corps, respectively.  Besides the real-world training they are able to apply in their volunteer responder roles, they both have the opportunity to earn up to seven college credits while in the program. 

    The pair credited their instructor and teaching assistants for the quality of the program. "They know their stuff," Michael said. 


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  • White Plains Library once again showcases CTE students' artwork

    Downtown White Plains exhibit has become an annual tradition for SWBOCES art students

    Anyone visiting the White Plains Public Library this month is in for a special treat. On display in the library’s art gallery are works by students in teacher Damian Powers’ Commercial Art classes. This is the third annual exhibit in which Mr. Powers's students have participated. This year, he noted, his students outdid themselves. “It’s exceptional,” Mr. Powers said. "They are just super-talented students.”

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  • Former CTE Student Accepted into the International Cinematographers Guild

    Jake Romer is a shining example of what can be achieved through CTE programs.

    Thanks to the skills, mentorship, and direction he received as a student in the TV/Video Production program at Southern Westchester BOCES, Jake Romer’s dream of becoming a behind-the-camera creator has come true. The New Rochelle native has recently been accepted into the Local 600 International Cinematographers Guild.

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  • Next up, state championships in Syracuse in April!

    #CTEmonth superstars: SWBOCES Career Tech students shine at SkillsUSA Regionals

    Students from a range of Southern Westchester BOCES Career Services programs excelled at the SkillsUSA Regional competition Feb. 11 at Orange-Ulster BOCES.

    "Our students continue to excel and make us proud when matched up against their peers from across the region and statewide," Teacher and SkillsUSA Advisor Ray Sulla said. 

    Click the link to see a list of winners and categories from the weekend's competition.

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  • #CTEmonth: SWBOCES students return to annual artist showcase

    Commercial Art students featured at prestigious Katonah Young Artist Exhibit

    Several students in the Commercial Art program of Southern Westchester BOCES’ Center for Career Services currently have their work on display in the Katonah Museum of Art’s annual Young Artists exhibit. This prestigious event showcases the talent of young artists from across the region and provides a platform for them to display their work to a wider audience.

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  • Faculty Spotlight: New addition to CTE campus hits his stride

    Jon Arras's technical expertise, experience translate well to the classroom

    Halloween of all days marked the start of a new chapter in the career of the longtime technical designer Jon Arras, who stepped in after his predecessor left to take a new position. Mr. Arras’s educational background, his prior career and even his experiences as a parent are combining to help him chart a new course in Career and Technical Education.

    “I am learning as much from them as they are from me,” he says.

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  • Students see the value in the skills and experience they can gain

    ShopRite turns to Career Services students to fill jobs

    More than 50 Southern Westchester BOCES Career Services students had the opportunity to take part in a ShopRite job fair right on campus Friday, Jan. 20. 

    The event let students from all programs attend across two sessions, to present resumes to hiring managers, and to discover job opportunities at one of several ShopRite locations in the region. That includes a brand new, 70,000-square-foot store openingn soon in Elmsford. 

    “I think it would be helpful to have customer service experience and to work with people,” said Laurel Lowenthal, an EMS student from Blind Brook, “and also to have some spending money.”


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