Congratulations to West Valley Central School junior Ashley Laudisio for getting accepted into the New Vision: Health Professions Program through BOCES!

New Vision: Health Professions is an innovative and exciting BOCES (Career Technical Education) elective for high school seniors who plan to attend college and major in a health-related field. The program is highly selective and only accepts 15 students each year. This is West Valley Central Schools’ first student ever to receive this prestigious honor.

New Vision students earn two high school credits for Health Occupation Education, one high school credit for Participation in Government and Economics, three college credits for English Composition II, eight college credits for Anatomy and Physiology I and II, three college credits for Medical Terminology, and three college credits for Health Science through the program. New

Visions is offered on-site at Olean Career & Technical Education Center, Olean General Hospital and Jamestown Community College.

The goals of the New Vision: Health Professions Program are:

• To provide students the opportunity to learn basic medical concepts

• To expose students to many medical careers and settings

• To familiarize students with anatomy and physiology of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels

• To analyze current economic problems while critically evaluating solutions to these problems

  To develop critical thinking and writing skills

• To conduct research and write research papers

  To learn the basic principles of medical word building, pronunciation, and use of medical terms

Other experiences included visitations to a chiropractor, optometrist, podiatrist, Home Care and Hospice, the Pines Rehabilitation Center, Total Senior Care, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Health.

Students will combine classroom instruction with observational clinical experiences in, but not limited to: radiology, rehabilitation services, dentistry, dialysis, emergency department, intensive care unit, obstetrics, operating room, patient care units, pharmacy, sterile processing, along with other areas. Student evaluation consists of summative examinations, research projects, individual and group projects, oral presentations, portfolio, journal, and evaluation by professionals in the hospital and community.