A Closer Look at Erie 1 BOCES

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT


July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW)- There is still much uncertainty over New York State's proposed plan for two failing Buffalo High Schools.

The State wants students to either take classes at BOCES or have BOCES completely take over the schools.

So what exactly would students learn at BOCES and are there benefits to the non-traditional form of education?

"We are a service provider to our 19 component districts. We provide career and technical courses that students can get involved in on a daily basis while still attending their home school for core academic programs," said Principal John Wodjeski.

Students leave their home school to attend classes at BOCES for 2 hours a day for 2 years.

The school offers hands-on training in 29 different areas including fashion design, nursing, cyber security, and film production.

"You are prepared to go into the work field immediately," said Wodjeski. "Some of the students have a nice income when they leave. For some, it provides a secondary avenue for achieving your education."

BOCES administrators say the program has proven results: 97 percent of graduating students either enter into their chosen career field, attend college, or enlist in the military.