“Green Collar Workforce” Development

Dutchess BOCES Adult Learning Institute (ALI) is an Educational institution recognized and approved by the New York State Department of Education for Adult training. ALI‘s HVAC program is accredited through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Credentials earned in the program are portable and recognized nationally.  ALI is also a corporate member of Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) organizations. All currently offered HVAC programs are approved by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) for continuing education credits.  ALI offers HVAC and Building Science Professionals entry through advanced level training opportunities in both part-time and full-time programs as well as online education opportunities through their HVACREd program.

In an effort to offer prospective clients an opportunity to gain knowledge for entry level positions in HVAC or to gain knowledge of the “Green Collar Workforce” movement the programs are continually modified to include relevant topics. The HVAC program is comprised of a standardized curriculum that provides lecture and hands-on training in the rudiments of the industry.  It also includes energy saving topics as well as original equipment manufacturers accepted practices and application of “green refrigerants” such as R-410a.

Home Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

Students will work with a professional home remodeling contractor to learn the secrets of how to do it yourself.  Fix a door, replace a lock set, wire a switch, replace an outlet, fix a faucet and all those things that seem like a mystery.  Be safe and sure you are doing the job correctly.

HVAC Technician - Green Collar Workforce Development Career Opportunity

This program is a hands-on job training course that is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level HVAC Technician positions in the emerging Green Collar Workforce industry. Topics are “Green Energy Options” such as wind, solar, photovoltaics and geothermal applications. Included is an introduction to  Environmental Health and Safety, the Theory of Heat Transfer, Tools for HVAC Technology, commonly used equipment and shop practices, Basic HVAC Electricity and Controls, Electric Motors including “Green” ECM motors.  Introductory applications of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps, Oil & Gas Heat system optimization, Hydronics, and Light Commercial AC applications round out the course topics.  This course prepares the entry level technician for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) CORE exam. It also includes a mandatory Refrigeration Transition and Recovery Certification test (EPA Sec. 608) as well as training on R-410a equipment. Safety glasses required and are included in fees. Excellent attendance is required. Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Job placement services are available. Eligible Veterans may qualify for GI benefits.

Energy Efficiency for Homes

Today’s environmental and economic climate is not just about global warming; it’s about problem-solving one house at a time. The process begins with a closer look at energy consumption and how to shrink our individual carbon footprint. Lean, green energy-smart building practices involves measuring energy consumption, establishing a baseline for energy use, identifying where energy is being consumed and making smart decisions toward a sustainable balance.
Course Description: Six weeks of instruction to include five 3-hour evenings of classroom instruction and a final 4-hour session of field work using learned building science to diagnose the energy performance of an actual single-family house.

Carpentry - Module A

Learn the basics of carpentry as applied to residential construction, from foundation to roofing. Topics include wall, window, stairwell, roof framing, erecting walls, installing windows, layout, application of roofing, and more. Safety glasses required, included in tuition.

Deck Construction

Learn the basics of deck construction from planning to completion.   Topics include choosing and estimating materials, footings, supports, attachment, platform framing, posts and rails, stair layout, and more. Textbook is optional and is the same as Carpentry Module A. Safety goggles required, included in tuition.

Auto Mechanics

Learn preventive maintenance and the repair of automobiles. Topics include starting and charging systems, engine operation and theory, fuel systems, ignition systems, brakes (including ABS), alignment and suspension, manual and automatic transmissions, heating and cooling systems, NYS inspection, engine controls, sensors, and more. Students may bring their own vehicle to be worked on, with Instructor permission. Safety glasses required, included in tuition.

Auto Body Restoration

This auto body program is designed to specifically address the topic of classic car restoration.  The ten week course will be taught by the past president of The Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.  The instructor is well versed in quality restoration methods and procedures.  Learn from experience and practice the trade of antique automobile restoration.  Safety glasses required, included in tuition.

Small Engine Repair

Register today for our Small Engine Repair Class.  You will learn fundamental repair and diagnostic skills for working with two and four-cycle engines used on lawn care equipment.  It is suggested that students have their own projects for lab work. Safety glasses required, included in tuition.


Do you enjoy meeting people and desire a challenging career, which is fun and exciting? If so, then take a “tip” and become a Bartender. Topics include mixing cocktails, bar equipment, legal responsibilities, customer service, and more. Hands-on training will be provided using non-alcoholic substitutes for mixing. Come join us and learn the science of bartending for fun and profit.