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Why Ulster BOCES?

Ulster BOCES provides educational leadership and support, along with more than 200 innovative and cost-effective programs and services, to help the eight public school districts in Ulster County meet their academic, administrative, and operational goals. Our programs benefit students, educators, employers, and taxpayers throughout Ulster County.

Providing a Skilled Workforce

Career training programs are taught by industry experts who use cutting-edge technology and equipment to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. Read More

Improving Teaching & Learning

Instructional Services offers a broad spectrum of programs and services to support component school districts as they focus on student learning and the art and science of teaching. Read More

Serving Students of all Ages & Abilities

High school, adult, and special education students benefit from safe and supportive learning environments, where instruction is tailored to meet their needs. Read More

Collaboration & Efficiency

Sharing services provides an economical way for districts to provide opportunities they otherwise might not be able to afford or that would be more expensive to provide independently. Read More

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college credits were earned by high school students through articulation agreements with 38 colleges/universities.

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local businesses served as partners on our advisory councils and committees, providing valuable input into the curriculum offered to students.

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adult learners worked to improve their chances of success by pursuing their High School Equivalency Diploma through adult education programs.

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young professionals enrolled in CTE programs were engaged in internships last year; including 60 paid placements with interns collectively earning more than $11K
a week.

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cooperative bids were prepared to allow districts to jointly purchase supplies and services and benefit from economies of scale.

 

 

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educators took part in the more than 251 professional development workshops that were presented by Educator Edge experts.

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devices were purchased for Ulster BOCES & component school districts to support teaching and learning.

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meals were prepared through our food service management program.

News & Announcements

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The Ulster County Fair Sensory Safe Space

Families with children on the autism spectrum or individuals with sensory sensitivities often find the bustling environment of the Ulster County Fair overwhelming. In response, Ulster BOCES, in collaboration with the Resource Center for Accessible Living (RCAL) and the Ulster County Agricultural Society (UCAS), is pleased to announce the return of the Sensory Safe Space at the Ulster County Fair for its second year. The fair will take place from July 30 through August 4, 2024, and the sensory-friendly environment will be available throughout.

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TopAYoungProfessional

Ulster BOCES Transitional Occupation Program (TOP A) students–or “young professionals” as they are referred to around the school building–have been catering to the Ulster BOCES school community and beyond, using skills they have developed through practice, professional learning, implementation, and assessment. 

The Ulster BOCES TOP A program is geared towards young people in Grades 9-12 who may struggle with academics and motivation, but who possess the ability to comply with directions effectively enough to build pro-technical and employability skills. The program is designed to maximize the time the young professionals spend performing hands-on work in jobs, trade areas, and field locations, leading to more advanced technical program participation or an effective transition from school to work. 

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Fashion Showcase

The Ulster BOCES Fashion Design & Merchandising (FDM) program hosted its seventh annual Fashion Exhibition in June. In addition to an exciting fashion show, the event featured informative interactive displays, an inspirational photo exhibit, a dramatic “Lookbook” cover reveal, and even an array of delicious treats expertly catered by the Ulster BOCES Culinary Arts program. 

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Interns and Business Partners at Mohonk Mountain House

Over the past school year, Ulster BOCES has placed more young professionals in internships than ever before. On June 12, both young professionals and business partners were recognized at an event held in the Mohonk Mountain House Pavilion. This celebration marks the culmination of dedication, growth, and achievement for Ulster BOCES interns and the deep commitment and support the business partners have provided them. 

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Business/industry, educational, and elected officials gather around dirt with a golden shovel at the future home of Ulster BOCES at the iPark 87 location.

Recognition of and appreciation for the value of career and technical education as an engine for economic and workforce development was on full display on June 20 during the groundbreaking event for the future Ulster BOCES Career Pathways Academies at iPark 87. United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. Betty A. Rosa, U.S. Congressman Pat Ryan, and Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger joined Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jonah Schenker and a group of students who attend the Career & Technical Center (known as young professionals) to discuss the programs and opportunities available to them.

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Evan Ricci working on car

Ulster BOCES Automotive Collision Program Offers All The Right Tools

Ulster BOCES means different things to different people. For Evan Ricci of the Kingston City School District, a high school senior who is in his second year of the Ulster BOCES Automotive Collision Technology program, it meant adding new skills, techniques, and resources to his “toolbox.” 

Angelina Violante, a 2018 graduate of the Wallkill Central School District who attended the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical C

Ulster BOCES Graduate from Wallkill High School Lands Job at Culinary Institute of America  

Since graduating high school, Angelina Violante, a 2018 graduate of the Wallkill Central School District who attended the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center’s Culinary Arts program, has been following her passion for baking. 

Asher graduating

Ulster BOCES Graduate Now Flourishing at SUNY Ulster

For Asher Mapstone, a 2020 graduate of the Ulster BOCES APIE program, Ulster BOCES was a place where he learned to meet challenges head on.

 

Ulster BOCES Cosmetology Graduate Rebecca “Becki” Davoli Achieves Career Success at Popular Hudson Valley Salon

Cosmetology Graduate Achieves Career Success at Popular Hudson Valley Salon

For Rebecca “Becki” Davoli, Ulster BOCES meant finding both her confidence and her passion, and led her to a position at the Live Free & Dye Salon,