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A Message from the Director

The scene on graduation night at the Westchester County Center on June 17.

Dear Friends, Congratulations to our 2010 graduates, and to all returning students who have completed another successful year of learning new skills. Your perseverance to achieve has served you well. Your ability to accomplish task is important for your future endeavors. According to Tony Wagner, noted author of “The Global Achievement Gap,” today’s students will be expected to become global citizens and to acquire new survival skills for the 21st century global economy. By successfully completing your program, you have demonstrated how these seven identified survival skills --- critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, curiosity and imagination --- all collectively empower you to go forward with the knowledge and confidence that you can and will succeed. Move forward with confidence and always remember your responsibility to your family, school and community. These icons are, and always will be, your backbone to supporting continued success and living a thoughtful life.

After words of welcome from Ms. Suarez, the greeting was given by Estephania Ayala, a Cosmetology student from New Rochelle High School. “We each have been given an opportunity to begin our life-long career path with a firm foundation,” she said to the graduates. “Whether we have studied for one, two or three years, we have been prepared to begin our life in the world of work. Some of us will immediately go to work, while others may continue on with higher education or enter the military. We are all life-long learners who are beginning a new stage in our life. “Fellow graduates – take what you have learned as a foundation for your future,” she continued. “You have learned much, and now it is up to you to continue in your chosen field. Make a difference in the world. Continue to think, always be curious and be proud of your work. Congratulations on your accomplishments. Be proud, be happy, be successful.” Dr. Monson also addressed the students in his opening remarks. “It sounds like the great majority of you will continue with your education. This is a wonderful decision. Think very carefully about continuing your education. It will give you more options as you walk down the pathway of life.”

Linda Maria Suarez

Special Awards

Director, Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services

Dr. Ceccarelli announced the Outstanding Student Award recipients, who each received a plaque from Dr. Monson: • Chantia Wallace, Emergency and Protective Services, New Rochelle High School: Secondary Occupational Education Program Award,

Career Services Recognizes 285 Student Graduates The Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services celebrated the success of 285 students who completed career and technical training programs in a recognition ceremony held on June 17 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Cheering parents, family members, friends and teachers were joined in the celebration by Linda Suarez, director of the Center for Career Services; Dr. Clement Ceccarelli, supervisor, Advanced Career and Technical Education; Dr. Robert Monson, SWBOCES district superintendent; Sandra A. Simpson, deputy district superintendent; Stephen J. Tibbets, assistant superintendent, Business and Administrative Services; Geor-

gia Riedel, board president; and Beverly Levine, a member of the Board of Education. Nick Estatico, a second-year Electrical Construction student from Pelham High School, led the students through the Processional and Salute to the Flag as the ceremony opened. This was followed by a trumpet performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” played by Leonny Abreau, also a second-year Electrical Construction student from Harrison High School. 1

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CONTENTS Senior Finds His Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 22 Inducted into NTHS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Student Filmmaker Wins Awards . . . . . . . . . . .5 Media Art & Fashion Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Campus Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6


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given to the Secondary Day student who has excelled in the area of achievement, attendance, leadership and responsibility. • Barbara Derrick, Office Skills, White Plains High School: Basic Occupational Education Program Award, given to the student in the Basic Occupational Education Program who has excelled in occupational achievement, attitude, behavior and attendance. • Jean-Thony Dussuaud, TV/Video Production, New Rochelle High School: Donald B. Barbierri Memorial Award, recognizing a student who demonstrated competency in a vocational program, growth and an outstanding attitude. • Justin Walker, Food Trades, Woodlands High School: The DePaul Stallkamp Memorial Award, presented to the student in the Basic Occupational Education Program who has demonstrated the greatest improvement during the school year. • Arielle Young, Collision Technology, Alexander Hamilton High School: The John Harley Memorial Award, presented to the most improved student in the Secondary Day Program. • Victor Luis, Collision Technology, Sleepy Hollow High School: The John Remling Memorial Award, presented to the student with an outstanding attitude toward the world of work and who has demonstrated proficiency in the trade area. • Ricardo Gonzalez, Office Skills, White Plains High School: The Ray Oddo Memorial Award. The award is in memory of Ray Oddo, a dedicated teacher who spent 32 years serving special education students. The award goes to a special education student who, in Ray’s words, “has come to believe in himself/herself and to realize he/she can accomplish.” • Jake Saporito, Integrated Art, Mamaroneck High School: The Advisory Committee Award, sponsored by Diamond Thistle Masonic Lodge. This award is given to a student who has excelled in their Career and Technical Education Program and has proved to be reliable, dependable, hard working and employed as a “Student Worker” during the school year. In her closing remarks, Ms. Suarez urged the graduates to “be confident in the skills you have learned here…By successfully completing your program here at the Career Center, you have taken the first steps in building a strong career foundation that will assist you in becoming a global citizen. “You are being recognized for your effort in maintaining good attendance and acquiring 21st century skills and concepts that are required to be successful in today’s global job market. You should be very proud of yourself today. Let this be one of the many major accomplishments throughout your life.”

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B O C E S Center for Career Services CULINARY ARTS: Damian Bifano*; Zackia Cabrera*; Rigoberto Charro**; Cindy Cho**; Rachelle Corcoran*; Edgar Cuateco*; Eqequiel Diaz**; Amanda Flint*; Monserrat Galeno*; Michael Galimore*; Arthur Harris*; Danny Melendez Hueliti*; John Iorio; Michael Krasnansky**; Kelic Kulik; Tania Lassnibatt**; Marco Lazaro-Dominquez**; Miriam Manzarron**; Deana Monteleon**; Jacob Orr**; Zack Papadopoulos**; Juan Quinones**; Joseph Re**; Luis Valencia; Nubia Weekes**.

Students Listed by Program Alternative High School: Henry Bayer; Shamel Edwards; Michael Gladstein; Michael Izzo; AnnMarie Lolis; Leo Maldonado; Joe Porzio; Karen Velez; Steven Williams.

Students Estephania Ayala, who gave the greeting, and GED: Gabriella Celestino; Leonny Abreau, who performed the “The Star Spangled Eileen Gabler; JefBanner” on trumpet.

FOOD TRADES: Markcson Dorisma; Christopher Jones; Justin Walker.

frey Jubin; Rolando Martinez; Paige Maruggi; Samantha Robinson.

HORTICULTURE: Victor Perez; Breilyn Roper-Hubbert; Diana Ventura-Chavez.

COMPUTER NETWORKING: Claudio Agames**; Jose Barajas**; Scott Campbell; Nello Fabrizi; Christopher Fuster; Ariel Garcia; Eqequiel Martinez**; Terrence McNeil*; Caesar Randolph; Daren Smith*;John Tancredi; Aaron Teele.

OFFICE SKILLS: Diane Davis; Barbara Derrick; Patrick Eugene; Ricardo Gonzalez; Yesica Hernandez; Shawn Mbayu; Raina Moody; Jorda Petit-Fort; Michael Portnoy; Roneisha Risper; Ronneasha Risper; Maria Santamaria.

MULTIMEDIA: Zachary Butler; Michael Gladstein**; Michael Hammond; Michael Izzo; Leonel Maldonado*; Juan Mateus**; Jean Silver**; Aaron Spencer-Claxton**.

INTEGRATED ART: Wendy Arzuaga; Victoria Chevere; Yolanda Dorisma; Daniel Ramirez; Jessica Rivas; Jake Saporito; Nadime Tassy.

TV/VIDEO PRODUCTION: Henry Bayer*; M’Tayari Dixon*; Jean-Thony Dussuaud**; Samantha Robinson*; Roy Stricland**; Freedom Weekes**. COMMERCIAL ART: Cory Bayer**; Dion Beamon*; Thomas Boylan**; Paola Carbone**; Corina DeJesus**; Alex Guzman; Avalon Hernandez*; Anne-Marie Lolis; Rolando Martinez; Joseph Mumola**; Luis Ramirez*; Gustavo Ribeiro**; Deanne Richardson*; Sho Tanaka; Anthony Toro; Angela Turso. FASHION DESIGN: Tanisha Bandoo; Sade Brown**; Jade Cave**; Emery Ford; Jennessy Lantigua; Natasha Rhett**; Jocavet Romero*; Tamika Smith**; Karen Velez; Brittany Whyte.

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BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Jefferson Giraldo; Gerardo Gutierrez; Jamaane Nelson. CONSTRUCTION TRADES: William Coronado; Dean Davidson; Michael Leal; Andrew Stawicki; Horacio Vargas. AUTO BODY: Leudy Correa; Duanny Lara; Ismael Montalvo; Ronny Ortega; Juan Soriano. AUTO TRADES: Christopher Lent; Matthew Mather. ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION: Leonny Abreu**; Matthew Aliperti*; Kevin Alvarez-Galvez; Dylan Archer; Jonathan Ayora; Jose Ceja**; Bryant Cruz**; Nicholas Estatico**; Eddie Fuentes; Nick Hunnewell**; Jordan Lee**; Hector Malave; Micah Mariano**; Rafael Matos**; Christopher Mazza**; Dean McKoy**; Jason Merwin**; Antonio Pullano*; Luke Raffa**; Christian Randone**; Roy Salvatierra; Orale Stewart; Diego Suqui; Gregory Wurzburger**. CARPENTRY: Peter Bartlett**; Sean Brown**; Brandon Care**; Davi Chen**; John Coleman**; Mario Gonzalez**; Alexander Grieco**; Kevin Igwe**; Kevin Jaramillo; Edwin Matailo**; Leandro Oliveira**; Raymond Scaperrotta**;Joseph Sestito*; Robert Swam**. Continued on page 3


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Joseph Porzio; Johnny Quezada**; Angel Retamozo**; Jon Roman; Raul Sanchez; Sheldon Searcy*; Tyler Shopinski**; Andrew Stanson**;

Senior Finds His Calling Through BOCES EMS and Explorer Programs Omar Oviedo has had a strong inner sense of what he wanted do with his life since he was just 10 years old. “Save people,” said the Woodlands High School senior. “I don’t know what it is. I just want to help people.” With that mission firm in his mind, Omar set about finding a path to reaching his goal. The two-year Emergency Medical Services Program he completed this year at the Southern Westchester Center for Career Services took him a long way toward finding his calling as a firefighter and paramedic. But even before he became a BOCES student, Omar took his career exploration a step further as he tried to decide whether it was police work or firefighting that was the right choice for him.

Cosmetology students take a moment for a photo before the ceremony starts.

EMERGENCY and PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Antonio Castellanos; Sivad Ellis*; Michael Figueroa*; Veronika Frohlich**; Tania Gallego; Miguel Garcia; Angela Kolotouros*; Karen Leon; Julian McClendon; Katie O’Neil**; Omar Oviedo**; Jon Peter Pearson*; Brajham Salazar; Chantia Wallace**. COLLISION TECH: Luis Bobadilla*; Carlos Campos; Victor Luis**; Johnny Machado*; Raul Ochoa**; Jabrill Purcelle; Juan Rivas; Devin Rivera*; George Singleton**; Juan Valencia; Arielle Young**. AUTOMOTIVE TECH: Vincent Arcuri**; Luis Barranco**; Olaine Beech*; Harold Calero; Arnulfo Cardenas**; Flaviano Cervantes; Juan Cervantes; Carlos Coyt; Michael D’Ambrosio**; Richard Diaz; Shamel Edwards*; Frank Fox; John Gilbert*; Edwardo Gonzaga*; Joe Gualtieri*; Ronae Hinds; Brandon Horton*; Richard Melo*; Juan Neocelo**; Darwin Ortiz; Josue Petit-Homme**;

Devon Thimote**; Hasan Thomas; Arran Walsh; Justin Waring. COSMETOLOGY: Arisbeth Aguilar; Shirley Andrade; Estephania Ayala**; Nelly Ayora; Robin Bailey*; Ana Baizan-Serrano; Andrea Barajas**; Irini Bua**; Jakiera Burns**; Indira Caseres; Pamela Castro**; Gabriella Dachs**; Chelsea Datino*; Brittany DeRenzis**; Jennifer Dosin; Blanca Espinoza*; Taylor Febus; Dalila Flores*; Alexa Frisagura; Danjela Fusha; Sandra Galvan; Jodi Garofola; Miriam Gonzalez; Heavin Harrell; Courtney Harris; Dahlia Harrison**; Isamar Hernandez**; Gabriella Liscio; Krissten Lopez; Paige Maruggi; LaDasha Meads; Alexis Merlucci**; Shatika Mitchell*; Dulce Morales; June Na**; Nicole Odau**; Jessica Oleskovic; Kali Pietzak**; Elizabeth Quintero; Stephanie Ramirez; Natalia Rhett; Katia Rogliano; Arielle Roman; Paubla Sanchez; Valerie Scappaticci; Jenise Scozzari; Susana Silva; Nicole Sinapi**; Samantha Tejeda**; Kristen Trafford; Yenifer Trejo; Katherine Urgiles; Rosa Vasquez; Bristy Vazquez; Flor De Maria Vilcapoma; Subreen Wazwaz**; Jerasi West**. *

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** Students eligible to receive a Technical Endorsement on their diploma

When he was 14, Omar joined the Greenburgh Police Department’s “Explorer” program, geared toward young men and women ages 14-20 who have an interest in law enforcement. The Explorers gain a basic knowledge of police work, develop a feeling of social awareness and responsibility, and an interest in law enforcement practices and ethics. They also are trained in First Aid and CPR, communications, report writing, crime scene investigation, traffic stops and more. When Explorers complete training, they are eligible to ride on patrol with Greenburgh police officers. While the program exposed Omar to a career where he would be of service to people, law enforcement wasn’t quite the ticket. At 15, he got involved with Greenburgh’s Fairview Fire Omar Oviedo Department “Fire Exploring” program for youth ages 14-21, and everything changed. On Sunday evenings, Omar met with other young people at the fire department to learn fire safety and basic firefighting skills, run search and rescue drills, set up ladders, and learn to hook up hoses to hydrants. Later, he got to ride along as an observer in the fire trucks on actual calls. To the 15-year-old, “it just seemed cooler” to be a firefighter, Omar said with a smile. Now 18, Omar plans to attend Westchester Community College in the fall, where he will enroll in the school’s two-year paramedic certification program. His ultimate plan is to work as both a firefighter and a paramedic for the New York City Fire Department and attend John Jay College’s Fire Science Institute, where professionals continue to gain knowledge in fighting fires in high-risk situations.

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Omar currently is a volunteer firefighter at the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department, where “I go on every call I can,” he said.


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Career Services Inducts 22 BOCES Students into National Technical Honor Society Twenty-two students representing the technical programs at the Southern Westchester Center for Career Services were inducted during a special ceremony into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) the evening of May 20. It is the first time the campus has had its own chapter of the NTHS, which is a national leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. English teacher Amy Michaud-Wells initiated the formation of the campus’s NTHS chapter and is the Chapter Advisor. Students selected for NTHS membership must meet certain criteria: a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstration of scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility and good character. They also must complete a rigorous application process. “The NTHS encourages scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workplace,” Ms. Michaud-Wells said in her opening address. “Membership is an important career and professional investment recognized by education, business and industry.” Student Support In addition to supportive family members and friends, in attendance were: Career Services Director Linda Suarez and Dr. Clement Ceccarelli, supervisor of the Center’s Advanced Career and Technical Education program; District Superintendent Dr. Robert Monson; Deputy District Superintendent Sandra A. Simpson; Board of Education President Georgia Riedel; Board Vice President Joseph Wooley; and Board members John DeSantis, Beverly Levine and James Miller.

afternoon session President, Alaysia Mickens from Commerical Art; morning session Vice President, Oscar Herrera from Automotive Technology I; afternoon session Vice President, Mark Hall from Emergency and Protective Services – Criminal Justice; morning session Treasurer, Alan Jones from Automotive Technology I; afternoon session Treasurer, Jennifer Pineda from Electrical Construction; morning session Secretary, Joseph Borelli from Electrical Construction; and afternoon session Secretary, Ambrosia Batten from Cosmetology I. Fellow inductees are: Irini Bua, Cosmetology II; Zach Butler, Multimedia; Jade Cave, Fashion Design and Merchandising; Matthew Maleska, Electrical Construction; Adam Malki, Automotive Technology I; Michah Mariano, Electrical Construction; Nicole Odau, Cosmetology II; Katie O’Neill, Emergency and Protective Services – Medical; John Tancredi, Computer, Electronic, Robotic and Networking Technology; Zoilo Umanzor, Automotive Technology I; Karen Valencia, Cosmetology I; Nely Velasquez, Carpentry; Paula Villada, Emergency and Protective Services – Medical; and Joseph Vizioli, Electrical Construction.

After the candle-lighting ceremony, Career Services Director Linda Suarez took a few moments onstage to congratulate the students. “Your hard work and perseverance is being acknowledged tonight,” she said. “With this new accolade comes responsibility to go forward and give back to your family, school and community. These icons are and always will be your backbone to supporting a successful and thoughtful life.” Today’s students, she said, will be expected to become “global citizens” and require new “survival skills” for the 21st century global economy. Those skills include critical thinking and problem solving; collaboration and leading by influence; agility and adaptability; initiative and entrepreneurialism; effective oral and written communication; accessing and analyzing information; curiosity and imagination. “Your future is bright and your responsibility is great. Go forward and make your mark on the world as a 21st century global citizen,” Ms. Suarez said.

Want to Support the NTHS? Purchase a copy of the “Center for Career Services Honor Society Collaborative Cookbook,” compiled by Amy Michaud-Wells and teacher aide Maria Jones-Mulligan.

The Eight Principles

The officers are: morning session President, Angelica Rosario from Automotive Technology I;

A New Responsibility to Give Back

A buffet supper, prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program, was served prior to the ceremony, with dessert and coffee afterwards. Floral arrangements were made by students in the Ornamental Horticulture classes.

Special guests Beth Moody from Ardsley Union Free School District, Debra Green and Maureen Spinozza from Pleasantville Union Free School District, and SWBOCES Career and Technical Education teachers also were on hand to support the inductees.

The eight student NTHS officers each lit a candle representing the Eight Principles (or attributes) upon which the NTHS rests: Knowledge, Skill, Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Responsibility, Citizenship and Honesty.

NTHS officers recite the Pledge of Membership.

From left: Linda Suarez, director, Center for Career Services; English teacher and NTHS Chapter Advisor Amy Michaud-Wells; and Clement Ceccarelli, supervisor, Advanced Career and Technical Education program. 4

The cookbook, filled with 200 recipe contributions from the staff of the SWBOCES Center for Career Services, sells for $10. To order, contact Amy Michaud-Wells at 914.761.3400 ext. 357, or by e-mail: nths@swboces.org


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Student Filmmaker Wins Pair of Awards At 17, Jean-Thony Dussuaud already is an award-winning filmmaker. The New Rochelle senior, who wrapped up two successful years in the TV/Video Production program at the Southern Westchester Center for Career Services when he graduated on June 17, shot and edited a 12-minute film (“Jeans”) that earned awards at two film festivals this year. “Jeans” won an Exemplar award in April from the Lower Hudson Valley Regional Media Show, which is sponsored by the New York State Media Arts Teachers’ Association. It also won the Best Achievement award in May at the Student Film Festival at Dobbs Ferry High School. Jean-Thony plans to enter “Jeans” in the Manhattan Short Film Festival in July. “Jeans” explores the theme of judging a book by its cover through the story of a teenager who is wrongly judged by the way he wears his jeans. The film stars Jean-Thony’s brother, Mickel Dussuaud, as the teenager; his sister, Thersoule Dussuaud; his 7-year-old niece, Christ-Nerly Morilus; friend Mirlyne Dorvilus, who acts professionally; and friends Christian Dorvilier and Dondre Baines. Jean-Thony wrote the script, and with borrowed equipment shot the film outdoors in New Rochelle in late fall and early winter, occasionally battling snow storms. He emerged with a short film that showcases his skills in color correction, soundmixing and good storytelling, said his teacher Tony Ely. “Charming Narrative Vision” “Jean-Thony has learned all of the basic production skills in this course, including how to operate a camera, use sound equipment and editing software, and to create a scene,” Mr. Ely said. “He has a charming narrative vision that’s very different from what we’re used to seeing in American film.” Mr. Ely credits that in part to Jean-Thony being from Haiti, which has a much different physical and cultural environment than that of the United States. Jean-Thony has family there who survived the catastrophic January earthquake because they live in the central part of the country. One of his

On the Catwalk: Student Media Art and Fashion Show a Collaborative Hit



About 80 students and their teachers from the SWBOCES Center for Career Services combined their talents, skill and creative flair into an end-of-theyear Media Art and Fashion Show, bringing together the Fashion Design and Merchandising, Multimedia, Commercial Art and TV/Video Production programs. At the heart of the production was the fashion show. Students in teacher Carmen Galiano’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program designed outfits that tied in with six musical genres --Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Disco, Hip Hop, Techno /Club and Pop --- and then modeled them on a catwalk set up in the campus conference room. Students in the TV/Video Production program, led by teacher Tony Ely, provided the music and video services for the fashion show, which had the audience of students, teachers, staff and parents dancing in their seats.

Jean-Thony Dussuaud

long-term goals, Jean-Thony said, is to make a film of Haiti’s recovery and to donate to charity to help his home country when he starts to earn money from his craft. In the meantime, the young filmmaker has plans to attend the School of Visual Arts in the fall and is in search of a summer internship with a film production company in New York City. Last summer he worked at Larchmont Mamaroneck Community TV (LMC-TV), a public television station, where he assisted instructors in teaching a workshop in filmmaking and broadcast news production for teens 13 and up. The SWBOCES TV/Video Production program prepared Jean-Thony well for that position. Through a variety of projects and activities, students in the program learn about studio and video production, the operation of cameras, sound and lighting, post-production work and editing. Jean-Thony also gained experience in scripting and shooting a student-created commercial, and recently was involved in the production of a student Media Art show held on campus. “I want to learn everything I can about film,” he said. “I’m really into drama, and in the future, I want to make films you will go to the theater to see.” 5

“We decided to combine the four disciplines in one media show to tie in all of the trades,” said Commercial Art teacher Damian Powers. “This production also gives our students a taste of the real work world where working together as a team is important.” In a separate area outside the conference room, Commercial Art students displayed their art work, which included drawings, paintings, portfolios and CD cases. Multimedia students taught by Julie Libman, showcased their Web sites and animations. “We’re trending along with industry in that technology is creating links between different disciplines,” said Career Services Director Linda Suarez. “This collaboration of disciplines is a true reflection of the climate of the global A Fashion Design student workplace.” takes a turn on the catwalk.


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Linda Maria Suarez, Director Dr. Clement Ceccarelli, Supervisor, Advanced Career and Technical Education Dr. Colleen Murray, Supervisor, Introduction to Career Trades Eileen Bloom, Supervisor, Alternative Education Suzanne Davis, Newsletter Editor Southern Westchester BOCES 17 Berkley Drive Rye Brook, NY 10573 914-937-3820 www.swboces.org Board of Education President, Georgia Riedel Vice President, Joseph Wooley John DeSantis Nancy Fisher Richard Glickstein Beverly A. Levine James Miller Robert Monson, Ph.D., District Superintendent Sandra A. Simpson, Deputy District Superintendent Assistant Superintendents Nancy A. Jorgensen, Ed.D., Human Resources Stephen J. Tibbetts, Business and Administrative Services The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, its officers and employees, shall not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, gender, age, handicapping condition or sexual orientation. This policy of nondiscrimination includes access by students to educational programs, counseling services for students, course offerings and student activities, recruitment, appointment and promotion of employees, and employment pay and benefits, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and then promulgated thereunder, not to discriminate in such a manner. SWBOCES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Title IX Coordinator Michael Gargiulo, Director of Human Resources Section 504 Coordinator Thomas DiBuono, Director of Facilities and Operations “The Mission of Southern Westchester BOCES is to collaborate with school districts and communities to meet their educational challenges by providing regional leadership and cost-effective, high-quality services.”

From left: Cosmetology II teacher Marion Pizzutiello; students Irini Bua and Alexa Frisaura; David Fabi; student Nicole Odau, and teaching assistant Liliana Lozada. Cosmetology II Students Get Interview Practice with a Pro Students in the Cosmetology II class had a chance to practice their job interviewing skills with an industry pro --- David Fabi, an international hairstylist and colorist and an advisor to the Cosmetology program at the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services. Along with teacher Marion Pizzutiello and teaching assistant Liliana Lozada, Mr. Fabi conducted a mock interview with individual students, asking them questions relevant to the field: What’s your favorite thing to do in the salon – hairstyling or make-up? If I started you out washing hair and sweeping up, how would you feel about that? How would you handle a new client consultation? What kind of equipment do you have? How would you handle a difficult client? The students had to dress appropriately for their interview and stand before the panel to answer questions. Mr. Fabi advised the students to “always put your best foot forward and put your fears behind you.” At the end of the session, the panel members awarded the three students they felt answered their questions best with prizes. In the morning session, the thirdplace prize of a free admission to the 2011 International Beauty Show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, went to Irini Bua from Eastchester High School. The second-place prize – a free hairstyling session with Mr. Fabi – went to Alexa Frisaura from Port Chester High School. 6

Nicole Odau from New Rochelle High School took the first-place prize – a Turbo 2500 hairdryer valued at $175 – a good start to the collection of tools Nicole will need when she starts her career. The same prizes were awarded in the afternoon session, with third place going to Courtney Harris from White Plains High School, second place to Rosa Vasquez from Eastchester High School, and first to Andrea Barajas from New Rochelle High School.

ACE Scholars Honored at Westchester Community College Reception Four BOCES students were recognized this year as Outstanding Advanced College Experience (ACE) scholars by Westchester Community College at a reception held on May 18. ACE students earn college credit upon completion of courses approved by WCC. The students were selected by their teachers and received a commemorative certificate, a financial honorarium, and instructions for obtaining a college transcript. The reception was attended by WCC administrators, ACE faculty, students and parents. Representing SWBOCES were guidance counselor Kathy Donohue and teachers Hanifah Muhammad (Emergency Medical

Twelve students in the Emergency Medical Services program took the New York State Certified First Responder (CFR) written exam, and two took the New York State Emergency Medical Technical – Basic written exam in May. All students in the EMS program have taken and passed the practical portion of the NYS EMP/CFR exam. An additional 15 students in the Electrical Construction program sat for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) exam this spring. The students in the program participated on Earth Day with a solar and wind demonstration and green technology. Green lessons were added to the curriculum with the use of various trainers. And

ACE Scholars, from left: Paola Carbone (Commercial Art); Jade Cave (Fashion Design & Merchandising); Katie O'Neill (Emergency Protective Services); and JeanThony Dussuaud (TV/Video Production). four students from the Automotive Technology program sat for the New York State DMV Inspectors course, including Andrew Stanson from Tuckahoe High School and Tyler Shopinski from Harrison High School, who placed second in the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) 2010 Automotive Technology Regional Competition in January. Michael D’Ambrosio from Eastchester High School and Joseph Porzio from Harrison High, also took the DMV Inspectors Course.


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Newsletter for the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services.

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