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BOCES Open House offers Skilled Workforce for Local Economy

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For over 25 years, the Center for Career and Technical Development Center of Broome-Tioga BOCES has held there Open House. Tuesday afternoon, students and adults were offered a tour of the available programs as well as an opportunity to better connect with our local workforce.

Inside the BOCES facility, over 30 half-day programs are available to the 15 school districts taking part in this educative program. Students can choose to enter classes that offer college credits, including; computer-aided engineering, cosmetology, carpentry, nursing, criminal justice, and many others.

Providing coursework and hands-on training, BOCES is preparing generations of young men and women to enter the real world with the skill set needed to succeed at making a career. 

"When I joined BOCES, I didn't really know if I wanted to do it, but I came to the program and I fell in love with it. And now I know this is what I want to do," said Mariam Perez, Criminal Justice student.

And with the knowledge supplied from teachers who have also walked the same hallways of BOCES when they were students, a local perspective provides the mindset of the Southern Tier's workforce.

"Not only did I come here, I made wonderful friendships with the staff that worked here. And that also truly changed my life because it showed me what I was capable of doing...it gave me a goal to reach for," said Angel Mead, Cosmetology Teacher.

But here at Broome-Tioga BOCES, Mead's story isn't the only one with a happy ending. Criminal Justice teacher Don Entwistle, and many former students have all shared the fact the what they learned inside this facility gave them the tools needed to join the ever-demanding career paths.

"A lot of the skills I gained at [BOCES] I use I'm using every day," said Don Entwistle.

"One of my former student is the head technician at a local dealership, he's told me 'If it wasn't for this class I wouldn't be where I am now," said Evan Thorson, Automotive Tech. Teacher.

If you or anyone you know would like more information on attending a learning program, call 607-763-3300.

The BOCES-wide initiative is the CDC's mission to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st-century workforce, and provide adults the vocational skills needed to improve their lives.