Oswego County BOCES Adult Education and Workforce Development Department held a special dual ceremony in late August to honor students completing the Certified Medical Assisting program and the Certified Dental Assisting program. Surrounded by family, friends, BOCES alumni, staff and board of education members, eight medical assisting graduates along with nine dental assisting graduates were recognized for their educational achievements and presented with diplomas and commemorative commencement pins.
Ranging from recent high school graduates to some who decided to pursue a new career after several years in the workforce, all of the 17 graduating students at the ceremony were acknowledged and saluted by Oswego County BOCES Board of Education President John Shelmidine in his address for their courage and commitment to continue their education. He commended the students for choosing noble career paths and said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve learned that failure is not an option and remember that you have the knowledge to help you rise to the challenges that you will face in the future.Ã¢â‚¬Â Echoing Mr. ShelmidineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sentiments and emphasizing the importance of a positive attitude and professionalism was guest speakers Debra King and Julia Osorio. King and Osorio, 2008 graduates of the respective programs, encouraged the students to keep an open mind in their new careers so that no matter how young or how old they can continue learning something new everyday.
Adult Education and Workforce Development Director Donna Donabella was joined by Medical Assisting Instructor Shelly Spencer for the pin and diploma presentation portion of the ceremony. Following the presentation of diplomas and completion of the traditional Medical Assisting Pledge, special achievement awards were given to class valedictorian Michele Seaman and class salutatorians Nina Alfano and Sally Avery. In addition, Gold Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following graduates with grade point average of 97 and above: Nina Alfano, Sally Avery, Linda Carter, Shantel Hogeboom, Michele Seaman, and Kelly Slade.
Shifting gears, pins and diplomas were presented to the Dental Assisting graduates by Dental Assisting Instructor Tracey Ryan and Adult Education and Workforce Development Director Donna Donabella. Special achievement awards were presented to class valedictorian Melissa Bloss and class salutatorian Connie LaBeef. The graduates, lead by their instructor, took the traditional Dental Assisting Pledge as confirmation of their graduation. Gold Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following graduates with grade point average of 97 and above: Melissa Bloss, Connie LaBeef, Maria Learned, Mary Scott, Tasha Sullivan and Nikki Taylor.
Concluding the ceremony was a presentation by John Shelmidine and Donna Donabella inducting students into the National Technical Honor Society, AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highest award for excellence in career and technical education. NTHS honorees are recognized for outstanding student achievement in the following areas: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship, and leadership. Inducted into the NTHS was Medical Assisting students Nina Alfano, Shantel Hogeboom, and Michele Seaman along with Dental Assisting students Melissa Bloss, Connie LaBeef, and Maria Learned.
For information about the Medical Assisting and Dental Assisting programs at Oswego County BOCES or other adult education offerings, contact Donna Donabella, Director, Adult Education and Workforce Development at 963-4256 or visit the OCB website at www.oswegoboces.org and click on adult education.