What Is Nassau BOCES?


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Nassau BOCES is a cooperative educational services organization serving 56 local school districts in New York state’s Nassau County. Created in 1967, Nassau BOCES is one of 37 BOCES in New York.

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Nassau BOCES has almost three dozen locations throughout Nassau County and employs over 2,500 people in a variety of roles, as of 2015. It provides educational and support services for over 300 schools and approximately 225,000 students, including students with special needs. Nassau BOCES also offers a range of adult education services, including career development programs, adult literacy classes and job placement assistance.

For high school students, Nassau BOCES provides career and technical education programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, including various certification programs. Students at the technical high school can earn diplomas while learning employable skills, or they can receive consultation for future educational options.

The New York state government created the BOCES program to allow small local school districts chances to pool their resources and take advantage of opportunities that are out of reach of the individual districts. Each of the 56 school districts served by Nassau BOCES votes on the administrative budget and pays a share of the administrative costs. Each school district also decides which services it plans to use, splitting the cost of those services with other participating districts.

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