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Nassau BOCES Adult Education offers Long Islanders new career opportunities

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The Nassau BOCES Adult Career & Technical (CTE) Education Program is the perfect launch pad for Long Islanders who are looking to enter the job market or are ready for a career change. From job training in entry-level positions, to coursework designed to advance current skills, this comprehensive program has something for everyone. Nassau BOCES is inviting all career-minded adults to an open house on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.

Tour the Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center at 1196 Prospect Avenue in Westbury, meet the Adult Education faculty and view the state-of-the art facility. Our Adult Counselor will be on hand to discuss programs and to offer career advice. No reservations are necessary and all are welcome, from individuals to families. Courses are available in a variety of fields including auto repair, electrical trades, barbering, business, child development, construction, culinary arts, digital design, healthcare, manufacturing, sewing and much more. Once you have chosen a course you may register onsite.

“Thanks to Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program, I have learned medical coding and billing, and I’m applying these skills at a cardiologist’s office in Queens,” says graduate Anita Steiger.

“With the training I received through the Nassau BOCES Welding Qualification course, I was able to start my own business,” successful graduate Christopher Devito attests. “I am currently bidding for state contracts in demolition, fabrication and construction.”

“Our programs reflect the needs of the industry in Nassau County and New York City,” said Laura Holder-Gibbs, Principal of Adult Education. “We’re very excited about our new course offerings, at a time when our nation is focused on college and career readiness, job creation and economic recovery, addressing adult education on Long Island is critical.”

Get your foot in the door of one of Long Island’s fastest growing industries by joining the Entry-Level Manufacturing Training Program. This 180-hour course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to start an entry-level manufacturing job. Step out of the classroom and train onsite with key industry employers. In this program you will learn about safety and quality, shop floor mathematics, basic metrology and measurement, and print reading. You’ll also acquire computer, communication and job readiness skills. If eligible, you may be able to take the course at reduced or no cost.

For those looking to start a career in early childhood education, Nassau BOCES has a program designed to help you get established. The Childhood Development Associate (CDA) program will start you on the path to earning your CDA Credential, the most widely recognized credential among early childhood educators, day care workers and owners. This course will train you in the six competency standards of CDA and prepare you for the certification exam. And right now, Nassau BOCES offers the opportunity to help you get required work experience. The agency’s Parent-Child Home Program is currently hiring part-time home visitors. Learn the details at the Open House.

Train to become a New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Learn basic life support techniques and how to provide lifesaving care in a pre-hospital setting. Engage in team- based learning activities, practical skills sessions and simulated patient encounters. Get real-world clinical field experience through 20-24 hours of duty with a 911 or inter-facility ambulance crew. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the New York State and National Registry Practical and Written Exams, and will have earned credentials in the following:

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support
  • FEMA Introduction to Incident Command Systems for Healthcare/Hospitals
  • FEMA Introduction to National Incident Management System
  • Hazardous Materials Response (Awareness Level)

CPR – A Lifesaving Course is an absolute essential for anyone who is either currently employed or considering a career in the healthcare industry. Get hands-on training in basic life support skills and first aid, and earn certification from the American Heart Association. In this course you will be taught how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attacks, strokes and choking, how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to provide immediate care for adults and children in life-threatening situations.

Prepare for a key position in the healthcare industry with the Advanced Medical Assistant course. This intensive, hands-on course will qualify you for employment in a variety of health facilities including medical offices, hospitals and labs. Learn critical medical skills, such as how to manage a medical emergency, control infection, assist with physical exams, measure vital signs, and run routine lab tests. Explore vital disciplines including hematology, phlebotomy and electrocardiography (EKG). Fulfill industry experience requirements through a clinical internship in local hospitals, medical offices and clinics. You’ll also receive professional training in patient communication and ethical responsibilities, as well as basic office and computer skills. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the EKG, Phlebotomy and Medical Assistant Certification Exams.

Our 2016-17 Fall course catalog is currently available. Call 516-622-6950, email, or visit