Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a high school diploma?

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    All students must be at least 18 years of age. A high school diploma or HSE is required for all of our health occupation courses. A high school diploma is not required for other courses. Nassau BOCES Adult Education also offers tuition-free ways to obtain a high school general equivalency diploma. Call (516) 622-5623 for more information.

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  • Can I obtain a license or certificate?

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    All of our courses lead to an Adult Career and Technical Education Training Certificate after the certificate requirements are met. Additionally, many of our programs prepare the student to sit for optional nationally-recognized certification exams. Report card and certificates are available online upon satisfaction of course requirement.

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  • Does the Adult Career & Technical Education Training Program partner with state and local agencies?

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    The Adult Career and Technical Education Training Program partners with state and local agencies to provide career education and training for adult learners, including: New York State Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Workforce Investment Boards (Hempstead Works, Town of Oyster Bay/ North Hempstead), ACCES , unions, employers, schools, libraries, colleges and technical schools, community-based organizations, county government, and business councils.

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  • How do I register for courses?

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    • Full tuition must be received upon enrollment in a class. Classes are filled on a "first come, first served" basis.
    • Adult Career and Technical Education Training reserves the right to change locations, times, or dates, where necessary, or to cancel classes.
    • Choose one of the following ways to register:
      • Internet: View Online Course Catalog and Register Here.
      • Phone: With Visa, Mastercard or Discover card. Call 516-622-6950.
      • In Person Registration: At Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center, 1196 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590. The office is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 4:30 – 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
      • Purchase Order: Organizations enrolling staff for training can be invoiced if a purchase order number is provided.

    General Admission Guidelines

    • Courses are taught in English. Students must be able to read, write and follow directions at a 9th grade or above level and possess strong math skills.
    • Students must possess the ability to problem solve, measure, calculate, analyze, set priorities and choose appropriate instruments.
    • For many classes, students are required to perform fine and gross motor skills including, but not limited to: small muscle control, manual dexterity, lifting, pushing and pulling (100 lbs.), standing in one place for long periods of time, bending and stretching. Students must also possess eye/hand coordination and spatial abilities.
    • Students must be able to have full use of senses: vision, hearing, touch and smell; normal or device corrected. Students also must be able to distinguish color and shape.
    • Once employed, all trade students may be subject to background checks and drug screening. For union apprenticeships, students must possess a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE).
    • All students in health care classes must present a copy of their High School Diploma, HSE or translated copy of a foreign diploma upon registration of class.
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  • Does Adult Career and Technical Education Training offer financial aid or tuition assistance?

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    Adult Career and Technical Education Training programs do not provide financial aid or tuition assistance for our adult students. However, grant funds and tuition vouchers obtained by the student from corporations, agencies, and other funding sources are usually acceptable forms of payment. Adult Career and Technical Education Training program is a certified educational facility with the New York State Department of Labor (for more information call the local NYS office) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551, which may provide tuition reimbursement. All Nassau BOCES Adult Education and Career Support System programs provide individuals with disabilities and out-of-school youth with tuition-free training and support. Call (516) 622-6830 for more information.

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  • Are there any additional fees or costs?

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    Some of our courses have an additional cost for textbooks. In limited instances, students are required to purchase personal protective equipment or personal tools. Check the course description to see if there are any additional costs or requirements. Classes that end in an exam from one of our industry partners may require additional test fees.

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  • How can I obtain an official transcript?

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    Students may request an official transcript of their grades by submitting a completed Transcript / Records Order Form and a money order for $10 payable to Nassau BOCES. This form can be downloaded at the link above or can be requested by calling the Adult Career and Technical Education Program office at (516) 622-6950. Additionally, transcripts and certificates can be printed through our online portal at no cost.

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  • How do I get to the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center?

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    The Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center is readily accessible from all major Long Island roadways. Please click here for a map and driving directions.

    Additionally, Barry Tech is convenient to public transportation. We are a short distance from the Hicksville Train Station on the Long Island Railroad and from the N22 Bus on NICE. For more information, you can call LIRR Information at (516) 822-5477 or NICE Information Center at (516) 228-4000.

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Career Technical Education

  • Adult Education Career and Technical Education

    Michele Cohen, Principal

    Evening Program Office:

    If you are a Nassau BOCES employee, retiree or alumni of Barry Tech ask about a discount for our programs.