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Career Services Programs

Career Services Programs provide students with special needs in grades 9-12 with career training for a variety of workplace opportunities. These programs offer individualized instruction and support to help develop the skills necessary to obtain employment. Students create resumes, learn interview techniques and practice workplace decorum. The program is open to all students — with or without an IEP. Highly successful students can also be recommended for a CTE program.

Animal Services

Students in this program learn the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the field of animal care. Students gain hands-on experience caring for animals housed in the classroom, as well as through internships and field trips. Topics covered include grooming, training, day care and kennel work and basic animal health care.

Automotive Services

Students learn the basics of automotive maintenance and care including oil change, tire rotation and brake services. Students also learn to effectively use hand and power tools, as well as troubleshoot using diagnostic equipment. Internships at local automotive dealerships and repair facilities are available and can lead to paid employment. Students can earn Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificates.

Building & Landscaping Services

Students learn the basics of building and ground maintenance, including carpentry, electricity, plumbing and landscaping. Students also learn to safely and effectively use power and hand tools related to the field while working on real-world projects in our shops and on our campus.

Business Services

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of work experiences, gain additional exposure to the workplace and develop hands-on, business-related skills. This program helps students learn marketable skills in thriving industries.

Career Awareness

Students learn about the many career opportunities available to them through hands-on activities, group projects, guest speakers and job and internship placements. Students develop their understanding of careers, as classified by the 16 career clusters identified by the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium, through practical, hands-on work in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom with our community partners. The goals of this program are to assist students in: making informed decisions about career and educational choices; developing a positive self-image as a worker; and learning the intrinsic value of being successful on the job. Upon completion, successful students are transitioned into either another CSP program or a CTE program to gain more specific career training and experience.

Hospitality Services

First-year students learn the basics of food handling and cooking through the preparation of salads, soups, main courses and desserts. As a team, students operate a short-order grill and prepare daily food items available to BOCES students.

Second-year students expand their skills into other areas of the hospitality industry, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping and bell services, and can earn industry certifications in these areas through the American Hotel and Lodging Institute. Students participate in internships at local restaurants, supermarkets and hotels, which may lead to paid employment.


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Career & Technical Education Center
65 Parrott Road, Building #3
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4770

Kim Bell
Executive Director of Career and Technical Education

Eric Kurz

James Matera
Assistant Principal

Jennifer Patrikis
School Counselor
Nanuet Union Free School District
South Orangetown Central School District
Suffern Central School District
New Jersey school districts

Jaymie DeLeon
School Counselor
East Ramapo Central School District
Pearl River School District
Rockland BOCES Student Services

Nicole Minter
School Counselor
Clarkstown Central School District
North Rockland Central School District
Nyack Public Schools

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