BOCES adds two evening programs to course offerings

Oswego County BOCES Director of Adult Education Paul Gugel announced the addition of two evening programs to its catalog of health occupation offerings.

A 730-hour evening Certified Medical Assistant program and a 395-hour evening Certified Administrative Health Assistant Program are now available for adult learners who have been displaced, are considering a career change, interested in re-entering the workforce or who are looking to increase their employability.

Gugel cited local demand and current job growth trends as the driving motivators for the additional two offerings, saying, “We are continuously trying to align our program offerings with the needs of local employers. As a result of these efforts our graduates from the Medical Assistant and Certified Administrative Health Assistant Programs are in demand. They receive excellent training in the classroom and then gain invaluable experience during their intersnhips with local employers. By the time they graduate they have very marketable skills. With the addition of the evening programs many people whose schedules [child care, other employment, etc.] might prevent them from taking our Monday – Thursday daytime program will now have the opportunity to pursue careers in this growing field. According to the [United States] Department of Labor the demand for Medical Assistants is projected to grow 34% by 2018.”

Gugel indicated that his department is currently accepting applications for the two new evening courses and that the courses are slated to begin in September. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to complete entrance testing and pursue opportunities for potential funding.

In addition to the two new evening programs, the Adult Education Department will continue to offer the following daytime health occupation programs: Practical Nursing, Certified Nurse Aid, Dental Office Receptionist, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Administrative Health Assistant, and Medical Billing and Coding.

Two of these daytime courses, the Certified Medical Assistant and the Certified Administrative Health Assistant, will begin in early June with applications due on May 28.

A catalog of all health occupation training opportunities as well as trades, technology and driving programs available at Oswego County BOCES will be mailed to Oswego County residents near the end of May.

If you did not receive a catalog or would like more information about training programs offered by the Oswego County BOCES Adult Education Department, visit or call the Adult Education Office at (315) 963-4256.