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OHM BOCES SABA T.R. Proctor Health Careers Program Receives Grant from Slocum-Dickson Foundation

The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES School and Business Alliance (SABA) is pleased to announce that the T.R. Proctor Health Careers Program has been awarded an $800 grant from the Slocum-Dickson Foundation Board of Trustees. The grant will be used to offset the cost of a full-size human teaching skeleton for the Health Careers classes.


The Health Careers program, which is part of the OHM BOCES SABA, is open to Proctor High School students in grades 10-12, who have an interest in pursuing a career in a health-related field. A SABA career specialist and nurse instructor enable students to explore health careers and learn medical basics. Courses include Medical Terminology, Health Careers I, Health Careers II, Anatomy and Physiology, and summer internship experiences at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Students also participate in weekly shadowing visits to MVHS, which count as a credit bearing course towards graduation, and allows them to explore health career options while gaining valuable clinical experience.


The human teaching skeleton, purchased with the grant, will allow students to have an up close and hands-on study of the human skeletal system and the interrelationship of individual bones.


The Slocum-Dickson Foundation provides funding for health and medical projects that focus on education and training for the advancement of medicine. The Foundation also provides funding for special educational programs such as, developmental disabilities, asthma, mental illness and drug/alcohol education in schools.


“On behalf of our students, we express our appreciation to the Slocum-Dickson Medical Group, PLLC. for their collaboration in providing vital career exploration experiences to OHM BOCES students since 2009,” said Don Leo, instructor/career specialist for the OHM BOCES SABA Health Careers Exploration Program.


The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.