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BOCES Health Occupations Program Offered at Catskill Regional Medical Center

Catskill Regional Medical Center has partnered with Sullivan BOCES to launch a Career & Technical Education Health Occupations Suite at its Harris Campus.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Jonathan Schiller, Catskill Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer, welcomed elected officials, educators, and students, and discussed the importance of providing local training for our future workforce. “Catskill Regional Medical Center has worked with Sullivan BOCES for many years in providing a clinical site for their programs,” says Schiller. “Creating instructional space within our walls is a natural progression to that partnership. Being on our Harris Campus will provide a real feel for the careers they are interested in pursuing.”

The Health Occupations Program is one of the many opportunities offered through the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Center of Sullivan BOCES. Students enrolled in this program study a variety of health occupations including geriatrics, emergency services, home health care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy tech, central supply, veterinary services, dental assisting, radiology and acute care experiences.

“We are excited about our expanded partnership with CRMC. Moving our classrooms to one of our clinical sites will increase the opportunities available to our students,” said Robert Dufour, Ed. D, District Superintendent at Sullivan BOCES. “The hospital is the ideal environment for our students to immerse themselves into the healthcare setting and see what it’s like to work in the healthcare industry. We are confident that this partnership will also provide a lasting connection to future healthcare workers.”

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther expressed how proud she was of the partnership. “To keep our children working locally and improve the health of Sullivan County is so important,” said Gunther.

Legislative Chair Luis Alvarez spoke of how his career started as a medic, before he entered law enforcement, and how his daughter’s career as a speech pathologist started at Sullivan BOCES. “This is the beginning of an honorable profession and a great opportunity for these students,” said Alvarez.

According to Adriana Bracey, Career & Tech New Vision Health, and Monticello student, “Upon applying for the New Vision program I was really nervous, but when I was informed that we would be located in the hospital, those fears were instantly replaced with excitement. Being in the hospital for this short while has taught me so much about hospital etiquette, professionalism, accountability and diligence all of which the medical field requires from their workers. Thanks to the preparation provided by the new vision course and the opportunity to apply what we have learned by using the resources provided through the hospital, I feel I am on the path to success.”

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