some students who attend Capital Region BOCES Career and
Technical School (CTE), the training they receive could some day
help them save lives.
While New York state just last year started requiring high school students across the state to learn CPR, CTE students in the Nurse Assistant and Criminal Justice programs at CTE have been trained for at least a decade in CPR and first aid by during their regular coursework.
More than a dozen criminal justice students just recently joined the ranks of potential lifesavers, receiving CPR and first aid training with Jay Belfiore, a safety officer with the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services, said Gerald Place, criminal justice teacher at the Schoharie CTE.
During the training which follows Emergency Care and Safety Institute guidelines, students learned how to deliver the right number of compressions (at least 100 per minute), where to deliver the compressions to
the proper depth (at least two inches on adults), rescue breathing and all of the techniques needed to
revive a person.
The students also received training on how to use an automatic defibrillator (AED) and administer basic first aid.
Place said training is part of the NOCTI final exam students will take in May. NOCTI is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation, including criminal justice program certifications.
In the top photo, CTE criminal justice senior Nick Passonno from Duanesburg performs CPR on a mannequin.
To the right, below, Donte Donzelli from Schoharie performs CPR.
Below, Jay Belfiore, safety officer for the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services teaches CPR.