Spring Open House brings current and potential students to Valhalla campus

Career and Technical Education campus opens its doors for informational session

High school students and their families headed to the Southern Westchester BOCES Valhalla campus for Spring Open House. 

Some students in attendance are currently enrolled in the Career and Technical Education programs there while others are considering joining in the future. The event allowed students and their families to peek inside various classrooms, speak to teachers, and tour the campus. The event provided them with a look into the unique programs and what they have to offer.

The evening began with a meal prepared by the Culinary Arts students. The chefs-in-training worked hard on planning and creating cuisine for everyone to enjoy. They even handed out plates of food and drinks to their guests.

Throughout the campus, teachers were found in their respective classrooms providing guided tours and answering questions posed by potential students as well as parents. They explained a typical day, the curriculum, and what is expected of their students. 

“If I won the lottery, I would be a full-time student,” said Letizia Noce, Pre-Engineering and Cisco teacher. “There are so many opportunities for the motivated student to learn because of the resources SWBOCES provides.”

Representatives from local colleges and technical institutions handed out pamphlets and spoke about potential career paths that align with SWBOCES programs. They offered insights into their curriculum choices and how potential students could benefit from their programs.

“We are a career-centered college with a focus on business, healthcare and information technology,” said Cody Black, High School and Community Relations Presenter for The College of Westchester. “The goal is to connect with students and hopefully to get to know them a little better. We have a great relationship with SWBOCES, and we accept a lot of students from component districts.”