The Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of NY (CTE TAC), in coordination with the New York State Education Department Career and Technical Education Bureau began conducting a series of pilot program assessments at selected New York State CTE Approved Programs including the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Oswego County BOCES. The goal of the program review process is to utilize a data-driven criteria methodology and identify and categorize specific program practices of highly effective approved programs that will support future development of new and re-approved CTE programs in NYS.
“We see the approval self-study process as a way to assure our programs meet high expectations and teaching staff consider all aspects of the program to ensure it is meeting student needs. The external review is important because we want community members, staff, and component schools to see the value and impact the program has on students’ achievement,” said Ron Camp, Director of Career and Technical Education at OCB.
The review and subsequent report highlighting the findings and impressions from the site visit, the review of documents and data provided, and professional judgment of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, looked at three components: program quality, career and college readiness and effectiveness in student achievement.
“In each category we saw documented evidence of the positive outcomes the CNA program is having in rigorously preparing students with content that is aligned with learning goals and reflects recognized academic and occupational standards integrated with relevant work-based learning,” said Dr. Ed Shafer, Director of CTE TAC, who led the review.
Examples cited of the CNA program’s success included recent skills and technical assessment tests, where in 2010, all students enrolled in the program passed the skills portion, and 30 of 31 CNA students passed the written technical assessment portion of the Residential Healthcare Facility Nurse Aide Certification exam to successfully receive their CNA certificate. All 14 seniors enrolled in the program (2010) were recommended to their local school district to receive the CTE Technical Endorsement on their diploma. This recommendation is made to the home school only for students who pass a recognized test in the CTE field of study, complete an approved work-based learning experience, and obtain a final CTE GPA of at least 75%. This recommendation, along with the district’s review of the student’s passing rate on Regents exams, determines the official CTE endorsement seal on the diploma.
The report went on to praise Ms. Lori Giverson who has taught the class for the past 15 years, for her high level of professional skill and commitment to the class as well as her reputation in the healthcare community. The report also noted the leadership support which set high expectations and accountability for both faculty and administrative staff and under the leadership of the CTE Director led to the transition from skill-specific programs to career pathway programs.
This is not the first time the Career and Technical Education programs at Oswego County BOCES have been recognized as highly effective programs. In 2010, OCB’s Technical Career Center received the Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work Gold Improvement Award. OCB was one of only 12 schools nationwide and the first school in NYS to achieve this distinction.
For more information about the CTE TAC review or programs offered at Oswego County BOCES’ Career and Technical Education Center, contact Ron Camp, Director of CTE and Alternative Programs at 315-963-4251.