Spotlight on Alumni


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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SkillasUSAGroupPhoto 2024

Ten young professionals from the Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center came home with medals from the New York State SkillsUSA competition held at the Syracuse Fairgrounds in late April. The Ulster County competitors faced off against thousands of students from over 60 high schools throughout the state, competing in technical, trade, and leadership events. The young professionals also networked with their peers, as well as business and industry professionals. 

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HVPA Completion Ceremony 2024

The Ulster BOCES Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (HVPA) marked a significant milestone on May 30, staging a Completion Celebration for 10 young scholars who had successfully completed six years of rigorous academic and professional training at HVPA and SUNY Ulster. The event was hosted by one of HVPA’s industry partners, the Highland-based Selux Corporation.

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Averyanna Thomas

When Averyanna Thomas attended an information session about the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (HVPA) at Ulster BOCES with her Grade 8 Kingston City School District class, she immediately knew that it would be a good fit for her. Thomas is now a Chapter 4 (4th year) young scholar at HVPA and is happy with her decision.

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GED Completion Ceremony 2024

Graduates of the Adult Education Literacy Program came together to celebrate obtaining their General Education Diploma (GED) or the completion of their English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through the Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center at a moving end-of-year completion ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, at the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning in Port Ewen. A total of 83 students from across theHudson Valley were recognized for their completion of the rigorous program since 2020. 

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Marcayla Eckert, Mayra Lopez, and Abigail Ressa, teaching assistants at the Ulster BOCES Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning.

Marcayla Eckert, Mayra Lopez, and Abigail Ressa, teaching assistants at the Ulster BOCES Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, will soon be gaining the experience and education they need to become licensed teachers, thanks to a New York State initiative that aims to address the teaching shortage. The trio, along with three other teaching assistants currently working in Ulster County school districts, will be benefiting from a $269,595 grant that Ulster BOCES received from the New York State Department of Labor.

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