Attention High School Students:

If you don't plan to attend college right after high school for any reason, GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services can help. We offer reasonably-priced, short-term training programs that give you job-ready skills. In a few months, you can learn a marketable skill, get a job and start reaching your goals!

Reach your goals

GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services offers specialized career training programs designed specifically to meet the needs of local employers. The following programs are just a few examples of career pathways you can begin after high school graduation:

    Commercial Driver's License (Class A or B)
    Healthcare Career Pathway
    Nail Technology
    Office Support Specialist
    Practical Nursing
    Precision Machining

All trainings will include job readiness skills such as resume building, job search support and employment preparation.

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To learn more about these courses and our other career training options, please call 739-7905 and ask to speak with one of our vocational specialists. Get started today!

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BOCES instructor named "Teacher of the Year"

In April, Theresa (Terri) Dobbs, an adult cosmetology instructor for GST BOCES, will receive the Teacher of the Year award from the New York State Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) at its annual conference.

Debra Harrington, an adult training and development specialist at GST BOCES, nominated Dobbs for the award. Her nomination letter emphasized Dobbs' extensive experience in the field of appearance enhancement and her dedication to her students' success.

Dobbs graduated from beauty school in 1980 and spent the next 20 years increasing her skills and career responsibilities. She started as a stylist, worked her way up to salon manager, became a regional supervisor of 25 salons, and in 2001, became the owner of her own salon. In 2002, while still running her own business, she approached BOCES with a desire to teach in the adult cosmetology program. Now, Dobbs is the lead instructor and coordinates five other instructors in the Cosmetology and Nail Technology programs.

Dobbs' dedication to her students is exceptional, Harrington said. "It would be an understatement to say that Terri gives more than 100 percent to the students and the program. She realizes that life happens and sometimes our students need to be able to make up program hours. Therefore, she comes up with creative ways to help them do so."

Also, Dobbs takes students to various events on her own time throughout the academic year to help them enhance their skills, make up clinical hours and give back to the community. She takes them to hair shows, on factory tours and to nursing homes to offer free beauty services to the residents.

"Terri is helping her students become charitable and reflective human beings by demonstrating the value of giving back to the community," Harrington wrote.

GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services serves adult students in the Southern Tier of New York State and the surrounding region. Whether you're interested in training for a new career, earning your high school diploma or looking for a new hobby, we have a course that will meet your needs. We also offer computer training and on-site, customized courses to meet the needs of local business and industry.

We have three convenient locations: the Bush Campus in Elmira, the Coopers Campus in Painted Post and the Wildwood Campus in Hornell.

Browse our course catalog, search the site for a course that meets
your needs or call our toll-free number at 1-877-ADULTED.

Important Dates:

February 2016

   8 -Nurse Aide Training Program (BTH-5531-W16) begins
   11 -Electricity Program (BSH-5701-W16) begins
   19 -Flagger Training - Work Zone Flagger Training Course (BSH-9802-W16) begins
   22 -60 hour CDL Program - Class A or B (DOR-9081-W16) begins
   22 -Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Program (WEC-5411-W16) begins
   22 -Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) (BSH-9604-W16) begins
   23 -General Automotive Services Technician (CEC-5782-W16) begins
   23 -Security Guard (CEC-7987-W16) begins
   29 -Nurse Aide Training Program (WEC-5531-W16) begins
   29 -Personal Care Aide Upgrade to Home Health Aide (BSH-5111-W16) begins

March 2016

   1 -Aqua Aerobics (WAT-2801-P16) begins
   1 -Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide Training (BSH-5541-P16) begins
   7 -Welding (WEC-6461-P16) begins
   8 -Construction Equipment Operation (BSH-6281-P16) begins
   8 -Office Support Specialist (BSH-9550-W16) begins
   14 -Computer Technician (BSH-9564-P16) begins
   14 -Esthetics Program (BSH-9800-W16) begins
   14 -Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Program (CEC-5411-P16) begins
   21 -Active Living Every Day (ALED) (WAT-3001-P16) begins


Featured Class:

Personal Care Aide Upgrade to Home Health Aide

BSH-5111-W16 - Pre-requisite: A valid PCA Certificate of Training program approved by The NYS Department of Health and/or The New York State Education Department. This course will allow a Personal Care Aide to upgrade to a Home Health Aide. The candidate will take 55 hours of training; which includes 25 hours of classroom, 10 hours of practical skills training in classroom, 10 hours clinical experience in acute care/nursing home and 10 hours of supervised in-home care evaluation. Components of the program include the following; applicant /trainee must complete the required (Supervised Practical Training) in both laboratory and patient care settings. Full physical exam and update immunizations, prior to client contact.
Instructor:  Peters
Time:9 AM– 4:30 PM
Location:Bush Campus Bldg 8 Cayuga Rm

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