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Career & Technical School News

Real life health careers experience brought to Capital Region BOCES

'CTE has given me an edge in my future because of the practical experience'


CNA students leave for Capital Living clinicalsReal world experience.

That is what every Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School student acquires when learning the skills of their chosen careers.

For aspiring nurses and nurse assistants in CTE's Two-Year Sequence of Health Careers Program, the experience is gained in the halls of rooms of a variety of healthcare facilities across the Capital Region.

On a recent Thursday morning, students in the CNA/PCA year of the program took their learning to Capital Living Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
in Schenectady, one of numerous locations where they learnhow certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and patient care assistants (PCAs) ply their trades.

 Students in the program must complete 108 hours of clinical work during the year before taking the Certified Nurse Assistant examination that qualifies CNAs to work in any nursing home in New York State. They also complete 108 hours of clinical work during the HHA/PCA year when they learn how home health aids (HHA) work in addition to learning more about the patience care assistant profession.

Besides Capital Living, students in the high school program, as well as the adult health careers complete clinical rounds in the Albany County Nursing Home, Baptist Health Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ellis Hospital, Guilderland Nursing Home, Kingsway Arms Nursing Center and Teresian House.

The real-life experience is what graduates credit with giving them an edge in college and life after high school.

"CTE has taught me everything I need to know during my clinical experience in a nursing home and home care facility," 2016 graduate Alexandra Ramos Ayala said. "CTE has given me an edge in my future because of the practical experience I obtained in the nursing assistance lab and in the clinical setting. I feel I am ahead of so many other students that are interested in health care but never enrolled in the PCA, HHA & Nursing Assistant program at Capital Region BOCES!"

"Going to CTE gives you hands-on experiences instead of just learning from textbooks," added Autumn Reichelt, who took the CNA year of the Two-Year Health Careers program during her junior year of high school. She is currently taking the New Visions: Health Careers program because of her time in clinicals.

"That hands-on experience gives you an edge because you get to see what the career is all about and you get to make a decision before you get to college on whether it is right for you. That gives you a tremendous edge over others."

In the top photo, CNA students leave for clinical rounds at Capital Living.




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