Adult Learners Celebrate New Beginnings

Nearly 60 adults learners were recently honored for achieving major milestones in their lives—earning their high school diplomas by completing our High School Equivalency (HSE) program and/or improving their English skills through our English As A New Language (ENL) program. The graduates hail from countries as diverse as Myanmar, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ecuador and Congo completed …

WNYT Highlights BOCES’ Workforce Development Initiatives

During two segments on WNYT News Channel 13’s Weekend Forum, BOCES’ Senior Executive Officer Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D. highlighted the growing business-education partnerships that have resulted in new Career and Technical School programming and enhanced the other programs and services we provide. Dragone highlighted BOCES’ efforts to meet the demands of the workforce—from our Engineering Technician …

2019 Adult Nursing Program Honors and Awards

Nearly 150 adults—the largest of our classes for this program—earned their professional nurse accreditation at a ceremony at Proctors Theatre on June 26 and are on their way to becoming Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The successful completion of the 10-month, full-time class or the 18-month, part-time adult practical nursing class positions adults to take the …

Grad Writes His Own Script

When 2019 Scotia-Glenville graduate Tyler Blackman entered our Entertainment Technology program he was an aspiring Hollywood director bent on creating the next The Lord of The Rings film series. After working on the musical Anastasia last fall at Proctors Theatre—where he was immersed in all aspects of the backstage production—he decided to rewrite his script. …

Hands-On Learning a Hit With Students at Career & Tech Summer Camp

Choosing an active start to the summer, more than a dozen Niskayuna and Schamont middle schoolers recently came together for a week of learning at our inaugural Career and Technical School Summer Camp. During the camp, students explored careers such as nursing, culinary, carpentry, automotive and internet application design—five of the approximately two dozen careers …

Teen Finds the Right Prescription for Her Future

During her time with our New Visions: Health Careers Program at Ellis Medicine, recent graduate Allison Norris accomplished something few others can claim: earning a perfect 4.0. Norris, an aspiring physician, is the first to earn the achievement in the college- and high school scholars’ course at Ellis Medicine in more than decade, said teacher …

Celebrating Our 2019 Grads

Congratulations are in order for students from across our BOCES who received certificates of completion, honors and awards during our 2019 graduation ceremonies. Moving up and transition days for our younger students were held in many of our programs, as well. Highlights from graduation events held throughout our BOCES this May and June: Career and …

Students in Program for the Deaf Cook Up Bright Futures

While kitchen culture often relies on audible cues—think meal orders being shouted and timers that signal a cake is ready to come out of the oven—students such as Angelo Carino and Ginger Crandall, both of whom are deaf, show that an inability to hear isn’t limiting their culinary career aspirations. Carino, of Guilderland, and Crandall, …

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