Watch out world. Future fashion designers, chefs, graphic artists, builders, environmental scientists, engineers, nurses and physicians graduated last night from Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ Tech Center in Yorktown.
In all, 534 students from 18 local school districts graduated from 41 programs of study including Advertising Art & Design, Animation and Motion Graphics, Baking and Pastry Arts, Automotive Repair, Law Enforcement, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Masonry, to name a few. Students also graduated from the highly competitive, New Visions Honors programs in Education, Environmental Science and Health.
“Students at the Tech Center are a step ahead,” said Hayley Ruotolo, a Briarcliff High School student who attended the Culinary Arts program. “We have skills, knowledge and experience but most of all, we have passion.” Hayley will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in the fall to study Baking and Pastry Arts and Food Management.
Kimberly Snyder, a New Visions Environmental Science student from Ossining High School, told her peers “the problems facing the world are numerous…but we have the skills, talent and imagination to tackle (them) head on.” Kimberly will be studying at Cornell University next fall.
Danielle Cammilleri, a Cosmetology student from Carmel High School, credited the Tech Center’s teachers and programs with transforming her from a sophomore who struggled with school and wondered if she would ever graduate into a graduate with big dreams for the future. “Teachers at Tech make you feel good about yourself,” she said.
The Tech Center offers 41 career and technical education programs ranging from traditional technical programs like cosmetology and auto mechanics to cutting edge programs in Environmental Science, Health, graphic arts, animation and engineering. Graduates have been accepted at a wide array of colleges including Cornell University, Rice University, Fordham University, Marist College, Fashion Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech and others.
Many graduates are leaving the Tech Center with up 15 college credits and Regents’ Diplomas with Technical Endorsement.
Photo: Cosmetology graduate Sara Lingg of Ossining (center) is flanked by friends from Ossining High School after the Tech Center graduation in Yorktown Tuesday. Sara plans to get her cosmetology license and study business in the future. (Courtesy P/NW BOCES)
Fashion Design graduates, from left, Rahel Zucker (Somers High School), Jacqueline Trauring (Yorktown High School) and Joe Collins (Fox Lane High School) celebrate after graduating from the Tech Center in Yorktown. (Courtesy P/NW BOCES)
New Visions Health graduates Rachel Nichols (left) and Jenna Braban, both of Mahopac, celebrate after graduating from the Tech Center in Yorktown Tuesday. Rachel is headed to the University of Tampa, while Jenna plans to study at Hofstra University on Long Island. (Courtesy P/NW BOCES)
New Visions Health Graduate Brandon Mogrovejo of Yorktown Heights poses with his parents, JoAnne and Walter, following the Tech Center graduation. Brandon will attend Fordham University to study pre-med in the fall. (Courtesy P/NW BOCES)