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Make your passion your career! Find out how at the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Open House on April 6

Trade Electric workers are always in demand on Long Island.

Trade Electric workers are always in demand on Long Island.


This spring, Nassau BOCES Adult Education is opening new avenues into the job market, while providing unique opportunities for a career change. From job training in entry-level positions, to coursework designed to advance current skills, Adult Education is a comprehensive program with something for everyone. Find out more at the Open House on Monday, April 6, 2020 from 7-9 p.m.

Nassau BOCES invites interested Long Islanders to tour the state-of-the art Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center at 1196 Prospect Avenue in Westbury. Adult Education staff will be on hand to discuss course content, offer career advice and to help with the registration process.

“We are very excited about the continued improvements to our programs,” said Michele Cohen, Principal, Nassau BOCES Adult Education. “Our coursework is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of employers, while preparing students to enter the increasingly competitive workforce on Long Island and in the greater New York metro area.”

The Adult Education program features vital training in today’s top industries. Courses are available in a variety of fields including Automotive, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations, Cosmetology, Construction Trades and Animal Services. No reservations are necessary, and all are welcome, from individuals to families.

This year, the Nassau BOCES Adult Education Program boasts a new, leading-edge Employment Center, staffed by a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping students obtain and maintain a meaningful career. The center offers one-on-one support and expert guidance in resume writing, interview techniques and completing a job application, among other employability skills. Classes incorporate a variety of professional skills including realistic workplace expectations and customer service, and feature trade tips from industry experts.

The newly launched English Language Learners Employment Paths (PEELL) program provides a variety of career opportunities to students for whom English is a second language (ESL). PEELL classes combine a contextual language education with hands-on job training, helping ESL students to get career-ready in just 10 weeks. PEELL classes are currently offered in Dental Assisting, Home Health Aide, Production Technician, Office Assistant and Plumbing, and are continuing to expand.

Adult Education’s newly evolving Personal Interest programs are designed for individuals who want to explore a potential career path or revisit a previous career, as well as those interested in pursuing a new hobby. These courses provide an ideal opportunity for anyone curious enough to explore employment possibilities but not yet ready to make a commitment.

“I discovered in my own life that, once I found my passion, the world of work became fun,” Principal Cohen observed. “I believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to find what they are truly passionate about, and then use that as a driver for building their career.”

To register, or to get a copy of the Adult Education 2020 Spring catalog, please visit and follow the Quick Links on the right. You can also call 516-622-6950 or email to get more information.


About Nassau BOCES

A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructures. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.