The Cortland Regional Medical Center and the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison
Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) were honored recently
as “Partners of the Year” for a job-shadowing program that
exposes students to a variety of medical-related fields during their senior year.
The award was presented by the not-for-profit group Partners for Education
& Business (PEB) during its annual breakfast awards ceremony June
8 at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. The primary goal of PEB, which includes
a broad representation of business and educational leaders, is to promote
workforce development of our youth, especially in large growth areas such
Cortland Regional Medical Center has opened its doors to OCM BOCES students
for the past 24 years through the New Vision Medical Professions Program,
which draws in seniors from eight surrounding school districts to explore
the hospital community and shadow professionals in their clinical rotations.
In addition to job shadowing, students use an on-site classroom to learn
about educational theory, medical ethics, government regulations and patient
rights, among other topics.
“Our partnership with Cortland Regional is invaluable,” said
Christopher DiFulvio, principal of the Career & Technical Education
Program at the OCM BOCES Charles H. McEvoy campus in Cortland. “Nothing
beats the opportunity for students to stand side-by-side with working
professionals so they can see for themselves – and decide for themselves
– if these are the opportunities they want to pursue.”
Scott Mayberry, director of rehabilitation services for the Cortland Regional
Medical Center, said the medical center is more than happy to accommodate
students, who bring a special “energy and enthusiasm to the hospital
“We are delighted to play a role in educating and inspiring future
healthcare professionals,” he said. “It is a priceless opportunity
to show these motivated students the many life-changing rewards of helping
others. Working with these students is working with the future.”
Representatives from OCM BOCES and the Cortland Regional Medical Center
attended the awards ceremony. Attending for the medical center were Mayberry
and Bonny Georgia Griffith, director of marketing and communications.
Attending for OCM BOCES were DiFulvio; Assistant Superintendent Colleen
Viggiano, who oversees student programs; and Career & Technical Education
Director Phil Grome.
In addition to the business partnership award, PEB also recognized several
OCM BOCES who were nominated for Student of the Year. They included:
- Gracie Bartholomew, a student in the Health Occupations Program at the
OCM BOCES McEvoy campus. The program allowed Bartholomew to work at a
nursing home and earn her Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) degree. She
also earned credits toward a college degree.
- Cayla Burton, a student in the business-embedded Physical Therapy Program
at the OCM BOCES Henry campus in Syracuse, which allowed her to complete
more than 64 hours of observation in physical therapy professions. She
will be attending Keuka College in the fall as an occupational therapy student.
- Isaac Cline, a student in the Welding Technology Program at McEvoy. Cline
worked two years in the program to learn several welding processes and
served as a leader during a recent class project that required design,
fabrication, layout and welding. He plans to attend Alfred State in the
fall for welding.
- Rebecca Hartquist, a student in the Cosmetology Program at McEvoy. Hartquist
has been enrolled in the program since 2014 and has excelled on every
level. She plans to major in business at SUNY Morrisville while continuing
to pursue cosmetology after high school through her current job at with
Joseph Anthony salon.
- Samantha Lamica, a student in the Laboratory Tech Program at the Henry
campus in Syracuse. Lamica has worked as a labware technician at Enalytic
Labs in East Syracuse since September 2015 and is planning a career in the Navy.
- Colbie Lockwood, a student in the Automotive Collision program at the McEvoy
campus. Lockwood excelled in the program, passed several ASE academic
examinations and is expected to pass the National Occupational Competency
Testing Institute exams, which will give him a CTE endorsement on his
Regents diploma. He is pursuing a career in welding technology.
- Heather Wilson, a student in the Physical Therapy Program at the Henry
campus. Wilson completed more than 67 hours of observation in physical
therapy professions and will be attending Daemon College in the fall as
a physical therapy student.
- Johnathon Wood, a student in the Culinary Arts Program at McEvoy. Wood
excelled academically in the program and works as a pastry chef at the
Brewster Inn in Cazenovia. He plans to attend the Culinary Institute of
America for bakery and pastry arts and food service management.