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Nassau BOCES appoints top administrative team to newly annexed career and technical educational center

Nassau BOCES appointed two of its top administers to the newly annexed Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Education Center

Nassau BOCES appointed two of its top administrators to the newly annexed Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Education Center (GC Tech), located at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. Peter Dalton (Left) has been named Principal and Patrick Dunphy, Jr. (Right) Assistant Principal.

Peter Dalton has been named Principal and Patrick Dunphy, Jr. Assistant Principal (AP) of the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Education Center (GC Tech), located at the Levittown Memorial Education Center. Nassau BOCES recently acquired GC Tech, enabling the agency to expand its career and technical education (CTE) classes to serve an even greater population of students.  

Mr. Dalton and Mr. Dunphy will be filling dual-roles as they are principal and assistant principal (AP), respectively, of Barry Tech, Nassau BOCES’ premiere CTE high school in Westbury. Mr. Dalton brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as principal, while Mr. Dunphy brings nearly 15 years of experience to the position of AP. Both are proven educators who are committed to combining the proud traditions of the tech center with the progressive vision of Barry Tech, making GC Tech a robust learning site for students from throughout Long Island.

“The essence of career and technical education is providing a skill set for students to work with so that they can be successful in college and careers,” said Principal Dalton. “The goal is to have students become even more successful in their educational experiences.”

Mr. Dalton is more than an educator; he is also a lifelong learner. The principal has said that he is excited to learn about GC Tech and that he looks forward to discovering the center’s full potential. “I want us to make a significant contribution here,” Mr. Dalton said. “We’ll take a fresh look at what’s been accomplished and help a great institution become even better.”

Mr. Dalton is a member of the School Administrators Association of New York State, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators and one of the vice presidents for the Nassau County High School Principals’ Association. He holds a degree in educational administration from Baruch College, as well as both a master’s and bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University.

“We want to empower students to create their own destinies,” Mr. Dunphy said of Nassau BOCES’ vision for GC Tech. “Their passion is the engine that drives them, and we will build on that as much as possible to give these students the best possible program. We always come back to what’s most important to them.” 

Mr. Dunphy’s philosophy fits right in with a new campaign, “Make Your Passion Your Career,” unveiled by a coalition established by Nassau BOCES at a recent press conference, to help students throughout Long Island find long-term career solutions through CTE. The coalition’s mission is to raise awareness about the growing need for labor-based careers, as well as the positive benefits of a trade background in a variety of fields including plumbing, electrical, medical technology and construction.

Mr. Dunphy has been a featured educator on New York One, earned the “My Favorite Teacher” award from Barnes and Noble, and is a recipient of the Leaders in Education Award. He is an active member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Advanced Leadership Program for Assistant Principals, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the St. John’s University School of Education Program Planning Board. Mr. Dunphy holds a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education and a master’s degree in school building leadership from St. John’s University, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in instructional leadership.

Previously a staple of the Levittown school district, GC Tech has a long, successful history of serving students from Levittown, Bethpage, Massapequa and Plainedge. These students will now have access to the vast resources of Nassau BOCES, including college articulation agreements, internships, and opportunities to connect with and learn from more than 650 industry partners. 

For the coming school year, GC Tech will offer programs in Automotive Technology, Animation and Digital Media Design, Cosmetology, Construction Electricity, Medical Assisting, and Police Science and Criminal Justice. But the goal is to expand the program even further, allowing Nassau BOCES to serve even more students with its ever-increasing roster of CTE courses.