Genesee Community College Receives National Worksite Learning Award

NEWS RELEASEGenesee Community CollegeOne College Road, Batavia, NY 14020-9704Office of Development and External Affairs

Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications 585-343-0055 Ext. 6616

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA? The College Tech Prep's Health Careers Academy, a partnership program between Genesee Community College, Genesee Valley BOCES, and the Western New York VA Healthcare System at Batavia, was recognized by the National Tech Prep Network (NTPN) as one of three winners of the 2004 Caterpillar Inc./NTPN Exemplary Worksite Learning Award. The announcement was made during NTPN's annual membership luncheon at its national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota in mid-October.

A recently released photograph of the proud recipients with the national director is available by going to: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/EWSLA - New York.jpg. Included in the photo are (left to right) Marilyn Gross, Genesee Valley BOCES-Mt. Morris-Principal; Kathy Lopes, retired College Tech Prep director; Debbie Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Project Director; David Bond, National Tech Prep Network Director; Donna Thompson, BOCES Health Careers Academy Instructor; Jo Louise Wilkes, WNY VA Healthcare System Director of Education; Elena Samson, Genesee Community College Assistant Dean of Advanced Studies.

The Exemplary Worksite Learning Awards were established by NTPN in 1994 to recognize Tech Prep consortia that have established successful worksite learning experiences for students. Award winners are evaluated on curricula activities, program goals and objectives, professional development for educators and employer partners, employer involvement and measurable benefits to business partners and the community. Each winner receives a plaque and a cash award of $1000.

The College Tech Prep Health Careers Academy was designed as a half-day course of study to provide secondary students with a broad knowledge of the health care industry. Students explore multidisciplinary health care professions through on-site observations at local hospitals and other health care facilities while enrolling in 15 college credits throughout the academic year. Nineteen secondary institutions, the Business Education Alliances/Council from Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming Counties, the Livingston County Health Care Consortium, Rural Area Health Education Center (RAHEC), four hospitals, and numerous individual health care providers partnered to form the academy in 2000-2001.

Specific student objectives were:

1.Develop career plans based on knowledge gained through exploratory learning at worksites with health care professionals.2.Plan and develop an individualized health career and educational sequence. Explore colleges offering these career programs.3.Apply previously learned academic knowledge and skills to professional tasks and problems.4.Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills and work ethic.5.Acquire a base knowledge necessary for all health care careers.6.Demonstrate leadership skills, exercise motivation, independent learning, and problem solving techniques.Health Careers Academy students spend half of each day at their home school and the other half at the academy. During the fall semester, they are at college two days each week, in the hospital classroom for two days, and participate in job shadowing one day each week. The spring semester leads to one day at college, two days in the hospital classroom, and long-term internships two days per week.

Two other education-business partnerships also received the 2004 Exemplary Worksite Learning Award. They are the Viking Branch Center of Finance program, Pinellas County Schools and Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union, St. Petersburg, Florida and Heart of Ohio program, Lancaster High School and Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, Ohio.

About NTPN

The National Tech Prep Network, established in 1991 by CORD, is a national organization consisting of high school and college faculty and administrators and business partners. NTPN strives to compile, maintain, and share information on exemplary practices, collaborate and develop implementation materials and methodologies, and stimulate awareness of Tech Prep and related education initiatives by communicating with parents, teachers, policymakers and employers.

For further information about Genesee College Tech Prep or the Health Academy contact Debbie Dunlevy at 585-343-0055 extension 6316.

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