UMMC Receives Business Award Recognition at State-wide College Tech Prep Conference

College Tech Prep, part of Genesee Community College’s Accelerated College Enrollment program (ACE) successfully nominated United Memorial Medical Center for a “Business of the Year” award. At last weekend’s annual Tech Prep State Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY, UMMC’s coordinators of the Genesee’s Health Careers Academy were recognized as one of the top Tech Prep business partners in the state.

“With all of the quality, hands-on learning opportunities our Tech Prep students are receiving throughout the hospital, it was an obvious nomination,” Debbie Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Genesee Region Consortium director said. “We felt United Memorial Medical Center should be the award-winner for going above and beyond everyone’s expectations, including our students.”

The United Memorial Medical Center is a 131-licensed bed, acute care facility offering a range of inpatient and outpatient care to Genesee County residents. It welcomes Tech Prep Health Careers Academy (HCA) students with shadow and internship experiences. The HCA students have observed staff in the operating room, maternity/nursery, emergency room, radiology, laboratory, ambulatory surgery, pediatrics, respiratory, occupational and physical therapy, and medical-surgical floors, as well as family care center clinics and the inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation unit.

Through the HCA program, UMMC staff share their values and expertise of quality healthcare, teamwork, integrity, and respect for those in need with Tech Prep students. These experiences have far exceeded most high school and even college students’ expectations. This strong partnership addresses the demand for qualified healthcare workers and encourages an affinity for rural healthcare.

The Health Careers Academy, an 11th and 12th grade program offered jointly through Genesee Region College Tech Prep, Genesee Community College, and Genesee Valley BOCES, accepts only outstanding students. To qualify for the academy, students must have an 80 or above average and submit two letters of recommendation. More than 20 schools in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming) Region and numerous businesses are involved in College Tech Prep. The program allows students to explore multidisciplinary professions and current research through on-site observations at a variety of facilities.

The Health Careers Academy allows students to plan and develop an individualized health career and educational sequence, as well as explore colleges offering these career programs. They enroll in college classes available at Genesee Community College and receive 15 credits upon successful completion of the following courses: Cell Biology, Responding to Emergencies, Health Career Planning, General Psychology, and Introduction to Healthful Living. Students also become CPR, first aid, and AED Certified.

Not only does the program give a sense of closure to high school education, but it enhances the transition to the next level of professional development.

Editor’s note: A photograph of officials accepting the “Business of the Year” award in Saratoga Springs is available at the following Internet address: award.jpg

Photo caption: United Memorial Medical Center received a “Business of the Year” award recently at the Tech Prep State Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY for its partnership with the College Tech Prep Genesee Region Consortium. Standing left to right are: Donna Thompson, College Tech Prep Health Careers Academy Instructor, Anne Dailey, United Memorial Medical Center R.N., Debbie Dunlevy, College Tech Prep Project Director.