2017-11-23 / Local & State

Fulton County Allied Health Program Wins Honor

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Pictured left: Steve Howsare, executive director, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission; Erik Damgaard, director, Fulton County AVTS; Brandi Mellott, Allied Health instructor, Fulton County AVTS; Sharon Clapper, Clapper Industries; and Jessica Patrick, care manager at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. Pictured left: Steve Howsare, executive director, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission; Erik Damgaard, director, Fulton County AVTS; Brandi Mellott, Allied Health instructor, Fulton County AVTS; Sharon Clapper, Clapper Industries; and Jessica Patrick, care manager at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. The Fulton County Advanced Vocational Technical School’s (FCAVTS) Allied Health Program took first place at the 2017 “Careers Start Here Award” contest during the 16th Annual Health Careers Week Oct. 30 - Nov. 3.

On Nov. 14, in Hollidaysburg, FCAVTS was recognized as the winner and received a plaque and a cash prize of $1,950 from the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board (SAWDB).

The contest, which was sponsored by SAWDB, was designed to recognize an exemplary program specializing in the preparation of secondary students who choose to follow a career in the healthcare field. In previous years FCAVTS has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for having a 100 percent advanced standing on the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) tests. In addition, 100 percent of the 2017 class graduated were enrolled in a college majoring in healthcare or employed in an Allied Health field.

The Allied Health Program, which currently has a total of 33 students, is a three-year program that serves the county’s three school districts. It has been designed for students who are interested in entering the healthcare field and breaks down as such:

Year 1: Training in basic healthcare skills, medical terminology, communication, medical and legal issues, CPR, first aid training, anatomy, and physiology.

Year 2: Students receive their nursing assistant certification by receiving training in conjunction with Fulton County Medical Center.

Year 3: Students have the option of working in a cooperative education position as a nursing assistant, learning more in-depth medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, or gaining a second certification in one of the following through the National Health Career Association: phlebotomy technician or pharmacy technician.

In addition to SAWDB, the awards were supported by donations from Altoona Center for Nursing Care, Conemaugh Health Systems, ILERA Healthcare, Fulton County Medical Center, Somerset Hospital, Meyersdale Hospital, and Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona.

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