BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie-1 BOCES is now welcoming students attending low-performing Lafayette and East High Schools in Buffalo.
Students now have the opportunity to try one of the 21 different career paths BOCES has to offer. Among the 25 students from Lafayette High School attending some BOCES classes in West Seneca is 15-year-old Farah Atta.
Farah's father was killed while praying in a mosque in Iraq. Farah has been in Buffalo with her mother and two siblings a year and a half and believes a good education will bring her rewards in life.
At BOCES Farah is being exposed to vocations as varied as cosmetology to nursing.
Ninty-eight percent of the students who attend BOCES career and technical programs graduate from high school, and 66 percent go on to college.
BOCES District Superintendent Donald Ogilvie said, "Once you have their attention, then they begin to appreciate what's being done for them. So this is a hook, really. It's a hook for their future but it's a hook for the present."
Jose Sanchez came to Buffalo eight years ago speaking no English. Now he is president the senior class at Lafayette and on a clear career path to become a welder.
"My goal is like to finish high school and finish college and just do welding. That's like I always wanted to do that," he said.
Jose is determined to be the first in his family to go to college.
"I'm going to show my brothers and my sister that we could do it. It's about you going for your goal," he said.
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