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

Beginning in August 2014, we will offer 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
    Industrial Manufacturing
    Practical Nursing
    Office Support Specialist
    Precision Machining

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

Learn more

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!

Click here for a copy of our Post Secondary program brochure.

Meet Jamie Woodard, one of our many success stories

Jamie Woodard grew up in Bentley Creek, PA. After graduating from high school in 1992, he worked for a Southern Tier contractor for about 10 years. In 2003, he moved to North Carolina, where he attended a gunsmith school. Following his graduation in 2004, Jamie started working for Para USA as the head gunsmith in the warrantee department. Jamie was very proud of the work that he did at Para USA and received many thank you letters from customers for the work he had done on their guns.

When another company bought Para USA in 2007, Jamie decided to move back to the Southern Tier to try use his gunsmith skills. He had a hard time finding work in that field. Jamie once again relied upon his carpentry skills and started working for a small contractor trimming out new houses. With a wife and three children, Jamie found it hard to make ends meet. With encouragement from his wife, he decided to enroll in our adult welding program at GST BOCES.

"Changing careers again was a big step for Jamie, but he worked hard and asked many questions during our welding classes and it paid off," said Mike Lederman, welding instructor.

"The class was great," Jamie said. "Both of the instructors were great guys. If you show interest, they'll give you all the help you need in the classroom, in the welding booth and outside of class. This was a great experience that I'd absolutely recommend."

Two days before the class concluded, Jamie was offered a job as a welder/fabricator at Southern Tier Custom Fabricators in Elmira. He was also chosen as an apprentice candidate for the local 112 Sheet Metal Workers Union and will continue his training through the union for the next four years.

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:

August 2014

   21 -Industrial Maintenance (BSH-9801) begins
   28 -Basic Electricity (BSH-5701) begins

September 2014

   2 -Office Support Specialist (BSH-9550) begins
   2 -Office Support Specialist (WEC-9550) begins
   8 -Aerobic Fun in the Water (ODM-2801) begins
   8 -Construction Equipment Operation (WEC-6281) begins
   8 -Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide Training (BSH5541F) begins
   8 -Personal Care Aide (BSH-7843) begins
   8 -Yoga for Everyone (BSH-2623) begins
   9 -Adult Cosmetology Program (BSH-5640) begins
   9 -Aqua Aerobics (WAT-2801) begins
   9 -Italian Conversation & Grammar (BSH-3131) begins
   11 -Aerobic Fun in the Water (ODM-2802) begins
   11 -Basic Computer Skills for Seniors (BSH-6870) begins
   13 -Historic Bicycle Tour on the Catharine Valley Trail (ODM-0234) begins


Featured Class:

Aerobic Fun in the Water

ODM-2801 - Are you looking for a class that combines aerobic exercise, water, and fun? Do you have bad knees or other achy joints? Doctors often recommend water exercise to take the pressure off the joints while still raising your heart rate. We exercise to music, and before you know it, you've exercised for an hour! If you're looking for laughter and companionship while shaping up, this is for you!
Instructor:  Frasier
Location:ODM/ Pool

Community Partners:

Broome-Tioga Workforce

HomeTown Careers

PA Career Link

Smart Option Student Loans

Tompkins County Workforce



WorkForce New York



Cameron Manufacturing

Hilliard Corporation

Howell Packaging

Horizon Solutions

Kennedy Valve

Progressive Machine & Design

Rockwell Automation

SMC Corporation of America

Wilkins RV Sales

WorkForce New York