Conscientious Catskill students did a bit of studying this summer to get ahead, thanks to a partnership between our school and Columbia Greene Community College. CGCC offered several classes at a discounted tuition that our high school students could take at different high schools in our area, including Catskill High School. Students who took advantage of this opportunity did so to achieve college credit that they could transfer upon graduation, allow themselves to take fuller class schedules during the coming school year, or even graduate early. Along with giving students a leg up on their studies, earning college credit in high school significantly reduces the cost and time associated with these classes when compared to taking this coursework at their future colleges.
Pictured here are students who took the HE 201 First Aid & Safety Class taught at Catskill High School by Health and Physical Education Teacher Stacy Collier-Deieso. Students registered for this one-week intensive health course because of their interests in studying law enforcement, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, or teaching in the future, or in seeking immediate health/child care employment.
As part of the course, the students successfully completed certification requirements for American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR/AED and National Safety Council Advanced First Aid. The course also included an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Lab, during which Town of Catskill EMS Administrator George June and his staff visited CHS to provide the students with an introduction to the services they provide and the equipment they use. Students worked with the EMS staff in and out of the ambulances, learning about the equipment, community medical services, and advanced steps in emergency care. Students also inquired about career paths in EMS services.