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Color image of Chinese dumplings in a bamboo pot

The Orange-Ulster Mandarin Chinese Program is excited to announce our upcoming virtual Chinese Cooking & Culture Series which features traditional Chinese dishes made by our Mandarin Chinese teachers beginning Wednesday, December 30 at 4 p.m.

Patricia Milburn portrait

Orange-Ulster BOCES Supervisor of Transportation Patricia Milburn recently received the Public Transportation Leader of the Year award from the Tri-County Association for Pupil Transport, a chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transport. Ms. Milburn oversees OU BOCES cooperative transportation service for 12 school districts. The transportation service also offers bus driver staff development and training.

Networking student at the computer during CyberPatriot competition

STEM Academy students from Robert McMann’s Computer Networking Class at the OU BOCES Career and Technical Education Center recently competed in the first round of the CyberPatriot Competition. The competition is a cyber-education program conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) .

CTE student with RFID system she created

Orange-Ulster BOCES Mechatronics and Robotics student Grace Fevloa took it upon herself to create a check in system using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) key fobs, an Arduino board and a RFID reader module. Once she figured out the coding, students could use their fobs and a computer would print out a sheet with the students’ names, the times they entered and left the classroom and whether they had completed the online COVID screening for the day.

Mechantronics students work on projects

Orange-Ulster BOCES Mechatronics and Robotics teacher Patrick Killian was featured in a virtual reception for Orange & Rockland Utilities 2020-21 STEM Grant winners.
Killian’s grant of about $1,000 will be used to buy equipment so his students can build solar/wind hybrid charge controllers. The design is a new concept based on the 555 timer chip, which is one of the most popular chips ever used.

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By The Numbers


Career & Technical Education Completion Rate


Our Instructional Support Division provided 1,060 professional learning sessions to 8,314 educators in the 2019-2020 school year.


Computers/devices purchased for our districts through our Technical Support Services Division in the 2019-2020 school year


More than 81% of OU BOCES Special Education students met or exceeded proficiency standards on the latest New York State Alternate Assessment (2018-19 NYSAA Data from Mid-Hudson RIC)


Career & Technical Education business partners


Career and Technical Education programs