Elmira, NY (WENY) -- The Greater Southern Tier BOCES hosted a different kind of parent teacher conference. Hundreds of parents packed into the Horseheads campus for an open house. The idea is to give them a peek at what their children are learning about. For many of the students it was a chance to show their parent's what their future career could potentially look like.

“It's our biggest fundraiser of the year. We highlight all 21 programs that we have on campus. We have demonstrations throughout the evening.” said Matt Talada, the Director for Career and Technical Education.

Student were able to take their parents and siblings around campus. Giving relatives a chance to talk with their instructors but also some upperclassman. Parent's got to tour 12 different buildings and got to see different classrooms including the cosmetology center and the auto technology center. Student's like Lily Hayes got to show off her, hands on, science project, that deals with Alpacas.

“I'm a hands on learner and there's a lot of people that are hands on learning and that's what BOCES gives you. It gives you a chance to do something with your hands.” said Lily Hayes, a Senior.

“You don't have to sit in a class room all day and like stare at a board or something you get to go out and do what you really want to do with your life.” said Emily Belosky, an 11th grader.

Through the open house some parents can fell secure knowing their children have picked a career.

The barbecue proceeds go directly towards funding for the schools extra curricular activities.