Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
a division of Hudson Valley Community College
Service Programs

Vocational ProgramsService programs are specifically designed to support employment opportunities and the demands of the employers in the Capital Region. Many include state and national certifications.

The following service programs are offered:

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The Cosmetology program provides instruction involving a minimum of 1,000 hours of Cosmetology theory, practical application and simulated skill training in preparation to pass the New York State Cosmetology License Exam.

Instructional theory includes anatomy, chemistry, skin and scalp disorders and diseases, bacteriology, salon safety, and health standards. Through demonstration, hands-on practice, instructional videos, computer training software and workbook activities, the students will learn cosmetology theory, hair cutting, coloring, permanents, waving, relaxers, styling, manicures, pedicures, facial massage, salon safety, health standards and salon management. Students also receive computer training in personalized styling and salon management software.

Clinic services to the community, state board simulations, study skills, and customer service enhancement are regular components offered in the program.

Cosmetology State Board Exam Preparation
The Cosmetology State Board Exam Preparation program is designed to provide review and practice two-to-three weeks prior to students taking the New York State Cosmetology License Exam. Only students who have already completed 1,000 documented hours in the state-required competencies from a certified cosmetology instructor and training facility are eligible.

Nursing Assistant
The Nursing Assistant program prepares students to take the written and practical skill exam to obtain the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Certification.

The program is divided between a minimum of ninety (90) hours of formal class lectures, video presentations, demonstration, and skill training and thirty (30) hours of supervised clinical experience at a long-term health care facility.

The New York State mandated curriculum objectives include special needs of the elderly, basic nursing care, various anatomical systems, bed making, and reporting and documenting in a long-term healthcare facility.

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Culinary Arts
The Culinary Arts program provides a course of study for those interested in entry-level positions in the food service industry. Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program will have experience in all rotations in the kitchen laboratory, including providing lunch for EOC students and staff and executing wait staff techniques.

The training includes theory and practice of hot and cold food production, desserts, entrees, catering, methods and procedures of stocks and sauces, knife skills, mis en place, weights, measures and mixing methods, cooking techniques, breads, kitchen equipment utilization and lite fare cuisine. Culinary Math is a component of the program.

Successful completion of this program provides graduates with the opportunity to earn the globally recognized National Restaurant Association ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.


Security Guard Training
The Security Guard Training program offers 24 hours of training divided in two sessions: the eight-hour pre-employment certification and the 16-hour post-employment training. The program is offered in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community college. Classes are offered weeknights and weekends at the Hudson Valley Community College campus facility.