Upstate partners with OCM BOCES to bring area high school students to campus

Upstate partners with OCM BOCES to bring area high school students to campus

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Upstate Medical University is partnering withOnondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services(OCM-BOCES) to offer a unique learning experience for high schoolstudents interested in the medical field.

In its first year, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programenrolled more than 30 area students. The program includes 21 juniors andseniors who are primarily focused on physical therapy, a two-yearprogram led by OCM-BOCES instructor Jennifer Tucker-Locke, PT, DPT. Anadditional 11 seniors are part of a one-year medical job-shadowingprogram called New Vision, led by OCM-BOCES instructor Robin Wiley, RN.

In both programs, students are taken outside the classroom and intoclinical settings. “The students focused on physical therapy have beenexposed to physical, occupational and speech therapy on acute patientfloors of Upstate University Hospital, and New Visions students haveseen the operating rooms and have observed wound care at both the VA andCrouse hospitals,” said Katherine Beissner, PT, PhD, professor andchair of Physical Therapy Education and interim dean of the College ofHealth Professions.

“Experiential learning is the wave of the future, and learning incontext is the most important aspect of real world opportunities likethis,” Beissner said.

Upstate’s partnership with OCM BOCES provides students with a breakfrom their normal routine that infuses learning with excitement. Byplacing high school students in an industry-based classroom where theywork alongside professionals in the field, an alliance for innovativelearning has been created that is vital in competing in our globaleconomy.

“By engaging in problem-solving, students learn firsthand about themany facets of the health care field,” said OCM BOCES Career andTechnical Education Director Phil Grome said. “Where better to learnthan at the region’s health care leader, SUNY Upstate MedicalUniversity, where we can provide students with a front-row seat to awide variety of medical professionals in authentic clinical settings.Partnerships with higher education have added strength to the programrigor as students earn college credit through Onondaga CommunityCollege. The coursework is aligned and delivered by college instructors.It’s incredibly exciting for our students and a true break from theschool routine.”

All CTE students are on the Upstate campus three days a week.

Other community partnerships with BOCES include Driver’s Village forautomotive technology, Cortland Head Start for Early ChildhoodEducation, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for New VisionCriminal Justice, and Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortland for NewVision Environmental Science.

“Students really get a leg up on their college applications, andtheir career search, by participating in our partnership with Upstate,”said Jackie Wiegand, OCM BOCES marketing coordinator. “Nothing is moreexciting to our students than being able to actually see and experiencewhat a career in the medical field might look like.”

Caption: Under a new partnership between Upstate MedicalUniversity and OCM-BOCES, students in the Career and Technical Educationprogram visit Upstate three times a week to learn about professions inhealth care.