Oswego Family Advocates for New Vision Program

The New Vision Program at Oswego County BOCES has changed the lives and career paths of two Oswegonian sisters.

Kristy Kinney was a senior at Oswego High School when she enrolled in the New Vision Law and Government program, and a student in the first graduating class of 1999.

Pictured from left are Katelyn Stevens, Kristy Kinney and Therese Stevens.
Pictured from left are Katelyn Stevens, Kristy Kinney and Therese Stevens.

Instructor Dianna Nesbitt remembers her as “a top rate student, intelligent, tenacious, mature and dependable.”

After high school, Kristy attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated with a degree in political science. Shortly thereafter she moved to the D.C. area and has been supporting the federal government in some capacity ever since.

Kinney also has a Masters of Science in Project Management from The George Washington University. She has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean,Virginia for close to eight years.

Booz Allen is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering service.

Kinney is a senior associate and project manager for client Intelligence Community.

The content that Kinney was first introduced to as a New Vision student was helpful to her in choosing a career path.

“New Vision was a great opportunity. I was exposed to the professional world quickly, and learned the value of networking,” said Kinney.

Kinney’s sister, Katelyn Stevens, is also a graduate of the New Vision program.

Stevens was a student in 2009-10, ten years after Kinney. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 with a degree in criminal justice and psychology. Kinney was able to graduate two semesters early because of the credits she earned from New Vision.

New Vision gave Stevens access to many people, including Public Safety Instructor Mark Bender who she was able to ride-along with on patrol.

Inspired by Bender, Stevens became EMT certified and worked as an EMT for three years in Rochester.

“It was because of New Vision that I became a better communicator,” said Stevens.

The program helped Stevens find what she loved to do at a young age, which she felt made her more focused as a college student. Stevens has recently moved to D.C., and is applying for federal enforcement jobs.

Sisters Kristy and Katelyn aren’t the only ones in the family whose lives have been impacted by New Vision.

Their mother, Therese Stevens, was a LPN in one of the offices for the New Vision Allied Health program.

Mrs. Stevens’ daughter, Kristy, was a New Vision student when she inquired about students doing clinical observations at Orthopedic Surgeon William Mahon’s office.

At the time, Mrs. Stevens’ was a practice manager for Dr. Mahon.

In the Allied Health Program, qualified high school seniors are given the opportunity to observe the work day of healthcare professionals as they deliver patient care. Students don scrubs and stand next to a surgeon in a real hospital operating room.

When possible, Mrs. Stevens said that she would pull students into the OR for procedures like C-sections.

“These experiences gave them no choice but to become mature students, and it really readied them for a smoother transition into college,” said Mrs. Stevens.

Mrs. Stevens watched many students graduate from the program and go onto their chosen college and careers.

Often New Vision students checked back with the practice, sharing their accomplishments.

One of those graduates includes Mrs. Stevens’ nephew, who graduated from medical school and currently works in Miami as a physician.

Mrs. Steven’s, now a Registered Nurse, still praises the New Vision program.

“It gave my children direction, and did them well,” she said.

She continued to say that having New Vision on their resume put her children, and all other New Vision students, one step ahead of their classmates.

“Being representatives for their class made them different, better people,” said Mrs. Stevens.

For those interested in learning more about the New Vision Law and Government program or any other New Vision programs, Oswego County BOCES will be hosting a New Vision information night on February 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Oswego County juniors and their parents are invited to attend and learn more about all of the New Vision programs including New Vision Allied Health, New Vision Law and Government, and the New Vision Specialized Careers programs.

All of the New Vision programs allow students to earn 12 college credits through SUNY Oswego, and the programs’ locations on the SUNY Oswego campus provides students with a unique glimpse into college life.

For more information contact the Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education department at 963-4433.