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 résumé 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!

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

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:

October 2015

   13 - Welding (WEC-6461) begins
   13 -Internet Basics for Seniors (BSH-6882) begins
   15 -Computer Technician (BSH-9564) begins
   15 -Excel-Level II (BSH-7014) begins
   19 -Computer Aided Drafting & Design (BSH-9602) begins
   19 -Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Program (WEC-5411) begins
   20 -Heating & Venting II (BSH-5871) begins
   20 -Sullivan/Clinton Campaign (TAE-5191) begins
   26 -Esthetics Program (BSH-9800) begins
   26 -Nurse Aide Training Program (BTH-5532) begins
   26 -PowerPoint - Level II (BSH-7264) begins
   28 -Forklift Operations (WEC-7801) begins
   28 -Security Guard (WEC-7987) begins
   29 -Digital Pictures 101 for Seniors (BSH-6103) begins

November 2015

   3 -Aqua Aerobics (WAT-2802) begins
   3 -Intro to Windows /Computers for Seniors (BSH-7321) begins
   4 -Notary Public Preparation (BSH-6352) begins
   5 -Word - Novice to Intermediate (BSH-7428) begins
   9 -Facebook (BSH-7017) begins


Featured Class:

Computer Aided Drafting & Design

BSH-9602 - Prerequisite-Basic blue print knowledge is required. This 48 hour program will feature the Solid Works Software Program. Classes will cover 2D sketching, 3D modeling, drafting, assembly and component testing. Gain the knowledge needed to enter the growing world of high tech manufacturing.
Instructor:  Theetge
Date:10/19 - 11/16/15
Location:BSH Bldg 8 / Seneca

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HomeTown Careers

PA Career Link

Smart Option Student Loans

Tompkins County Workforce



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Cameron Manufacturing

Hilliard Corporation

Howell Packaging

Horizon Solutions

Kennedy Valve

Progressive Machine & Design

Rockwell Automation

SMC Corporation of America

Wilkins RV Sales

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