Promoting the Acquisition of Life-long Skills (PALS) is a new collaboration between Rockland BOCES, BRIDGES and the Palisades Center. PALS is a half-day program for students ages 16-21 who are currently enrolled in a BOCES high school program. PALS enables students to learn work-related “soft skills” through a hands-on approach which includes identifying career interests, developing appropriate employability skills and navigating pathways towards employment and independence. Program objectives are as follows:

  • Job Exploration
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Work Readiness Training
  • Post-secondary Exploration
  • Promotion of Self-Advocacy 

Academic Program Features:

  • Receive direct instruction (i.e. Career Awareness, Literacy & Writing Workshop and Academic Support) from a certified teacher in credit-bearing courses 
  • Gain valuable experience through placement in various businesses throughout the Palisades Center
  • Develop life-long career readiness skills

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • Support is given in the form of direct work-site supervision provided by teaching assistants and counselors

Student Profile:

Students ages 16-21 attending Rockland BOCES high school programs


Rockland BOCES, BRIDGES and the Palisades Center