Our History

We’ve come a long way since we were first established in 1953 in a one-room location with two employees. Today, we have over 1,000 employees providing more than 300+ shared programs and services to organizations across New York State. We’re proud to help our partners solve challenging problems through cooperative services and achieve a level of quality, efficiency and effectiveness that wouldn’t be possible alone. 

1948

The New York State Legislature enacted Chapter 1950 of the Education Law, enabling school districts to pool and share resources via the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. 

1953

Albany unit formed in a one room location above the Delmar Bakery with two employees. Four itinerant teachers were shared between 6 school districts. 

1956

A portion of Schoharie County formed a BOCES. 

1959

A second BOCES was established for the rest of Schoharie County.

1960

Schenectady County and four districts were added, forming the Albany-Schenectady BOCES.

1961

The first BOCES class for special education was established in the Bethlehem Central School District. 

The two Schoharie County BOCES combined into one. 

Career and Technical Education programs in Schenectady were made available to other pupils throughout the county through BOCES.

1963

Schoharie County was added, forming the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady BOCES.

1966-67

The first BOCES Career and Technical Education programs were offered in a former supermarket building in Albany and a former garage in Schoharie. The first programs offered were auto mechanics, cosmetology, agriculture mechanics, data processing and building construction. 

The Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady BOCES moved to Sand Creek Road due to rapid expansion. 

The first BOCES computer was purchased and installed. 

1974

Designated buildings were established in Schoharie and Albany for Career and Technical Education programs.

1979-80

The Maywood Building was established as the BOCES Special Education Division. 

1994

A portion of Saratoga County was added. 

The Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga BOCES adopted the name the Capital Region BOCES.

2003

School Support Services and a portion of NERIC staff moved into the 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road office.

2012

Capital Region BOCES built a new Network Operations Center at the 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road office.

2016

Capital Region BOCES began leasing classroom space at the Mohonasen Center for Advanced Technology Building for Career and Technical Education programs. 

2020

Airline Drive Academy opens for special education students in grades K-8.

2021

Construction underway on a new Career & Technical School building in Albany and a new Maywood school building.