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Families Benefit from BOCES Services

[PIC] November 2017 Spotlight Cover Image
Local families continue to benefit from the wide range of programs and services offered by Dutchess BOCES.  Read here how new high school equivalency diplomas and donated used cars are changing people’s lives.


Early Education Students Learn What Appeals to Young Readers

[PIC] Children Books ShelvedStudents from the Dutchess BOCES Career and Technical Institute visited Barnes and Noble in Poughkeepsie on November 1st to explore the topic of children’s literature. These high school students, enrolled in CTI’s Early Childhood Education program, learned about book selection, displaying literature to appeal to children, selecting books suited for reading aloud, and choosing suitable companion crafts for youngsters.


Educators Focus on Student Safety and Emergency Preparedness

[PIC] Janice M. Severson, Project Coordinator for New York Safe Schools Program
Janice M. Severson, Project Coordinator for New York Safe Schools Program

Dutchess BOCES hosted the Dutchess County School Safety Advisory Committee’s 10th annual safety seminar October 17 at the Career and Technical Institute. More than 85 participants attended the workshop, which focused on various safety and legal issues.

Janice M. Severson, Project Coordinator for New York Safe Schools Program, spoke about requirements and changes to New York State Education Department regulations. She indicated the required safety plan submissions are reviewed to identify any gaps so that training can be developed to meet school districts’ needs. “We plan for emergencies to help protect our children,” she said.


CTI’s Amanda Scoca Whips Culinary Competition: #1 in NY State, Finishes in Nation’s Top Ten

Chef toques off to Amanda Scoca who was named to the top ten in the National SkillsUSA Competition for her culinary chops. 

Amanda, a Pawling High School student who is now in her senior year in the Dutchess BOCES Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management Program, competed in Kentucky at the end of June after being named top student in New York State. She was the first 11th grade student to earn a berth at the prestigious national competition.

[PIC] Amanda Scoca at SkillsUSA 2017 National Competition
Amanda Scoca at SkillsUSA 2017 National Competition