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Get a head start on your career with Nassau BOCES Adult Education

The Nassau BOCES Adult 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.

Tour the state-of-the-art Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center at 1196 Prospect Avenue in Westbury, and meet the Adult Education faculty. Counselors 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, audio production, barbering, business, construction, cooking, digital design, healthcare, sewing and much more.

“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.

“The Adult Education Program helped me to enhance my skills so that I could accept a job at Delta Airlines,” says fellow graduate Sandra Arcila. “I’m getting better pay and working at a more interesting career.”

“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.”

“We’re very excited about our new course offerings, because 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,” says Laura Holder-Gibbs, Principal of Adult Education.


Construction Trade Training teaches trade-specific practices in construction theory and design, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical work, building maintenance and appliance repair. Students learn compliance and safety standards and technologies, Auto Cad, 3D printing and green building practices. Enhance your computer, reading, writing and mathematics skills as well.

Starting a business? Build a foundation for success with the Small Business Development course. Learn essential techniques to stay in business including business planning, cash management, selling goods and services, and pricing. Students will also create their own business plan that they may use to seek financial assistance for opening a business.

Take your first step toward becoming a successful seamstress with the Sewing Basics course. Get an overview of tools, terminology and techniques, and explore the fundamentals of garment construction. Learn how to safely use industrial sewing machines, as well as how to layout and cut commercial patterns. It’s an ideal way to put your fashion ideas to work for you.

Develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to become a certified barber in the Barbering Licensing course. Get essential training in safety, sanitation, shaving, hair cutting, reception and sales.

In Partnership with Hofstra University Continuing Education:

Digital Design for Business will teach you to design logos, labels, posters and packages, and help you to develop essential skills including photo retouching, advertising and web design, and animation. Explore the Adobe Creative Suite including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash and Photoshop, as well as basic html, TSS and Word Press.

Audio Music Production provides hands-on training in the setup, operation and maintenance of the equipment used in the industry. Learn to create multi-track recordings at a professional digital audio workstation. Explore the ins and outs of radio, television, producing, engineering and live musical recording. Study the history of music, musical styles and recording.

The Culinary Institute

At the Culinary Institute, students learn the art and science of quality food preparation from professional chefs in a kitchen praised by industry experts as one of the most sophisticated facilities in the country. Learn the fundamentals of cooking including the use of industry-specific tools and techniques, knife skills, industrial kitchen maintenance, safety, sanitation and nutrition. Get professional training in local and national health codes, and prepare for the ServSafe and Nassau County Board of Health exams.

Our 2015-16 course catalog is currently available. Call 516-622-6950, email, or visit to get your copy today.