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NEDP Graduate Stories

For NEDP graduates, completing a high school diploma opens the opportunity to transition to postsecondary education, improve employment options, provide positive role models for their children, and improve their lives in other significant ways.

The personal testimonials below are just a few of the success stories of our graduates.


Pursuing Higher Education, Improving Employment Opportunities,
and Changing Lives!

Western Suffolk BOCES graduates 40 NEDP students!

Western Suffolk BOCES graduates 40 NEDP students!  We feature three graduates who pursued job training during and immediately after completing the NEDP.


WS-BOCES-Jan-15-grad-2-webAeman is from a small village in Pakistan where limited value is placed on education for women. When she was 18, her marriage was arranged for her. She moved to the United States one year later, married and pregnant. She started working for a travel agency as an accounting clerk but had a hard time advancing because of her lack of education. She later divorced her husband and surrounded herself with supportive family and friends. She decided she wanted to be a police officer but discovered that she needed a U.S. high school diploma and 60 college credits to do so. Aeman, a mother of two, is an extremely dedicated student who enrolled in the NEDP while also attending college classes.


Danielle had been out of school for more than ten years when she came to Western Suffolk BOCES. Danielle enrolled in an Office Assistant class where she learned office skills and improved her math and reading skills before enrolling in the NEDP program. Danielle would wake up at 4:30 a.m. every morning with her young son and take public transportation to get to the Western Suffolk BOCES center at 8:30 AM. Danielle sailed through the program in less than four months and is now registered in a bookkeeping course.


WS-BOCES-Jan-15-grad-1-webLorene dropped out of school in the tenth grade and spent seven years adrift. When she turned 23 and had her son, she decided to get her life back on track. She entered a residential treatment program where she could live with her son, and the program referred her to Western Suffolk BOCES for the NEDP. Despite past personal struggles, Lorene was an exemplary student, often taking public transportation and walking to the center to get to her appointments each week. Lorene finished her NEDP tasks and enrolled in a Medical Assistant program, which she recently completed!

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