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Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Medical Assisting students help save lives

 Students in blood center

Barry Tech students Samantha Herrera (left), Manhasset UFSD, and Arlene Perez (center), Baldwin UFSD, are joined by Instructor Karen McClean as they prepare for the first blood drive of the year.

Nassau BOCES Barry Tech held its first blood drive of the year earlier this fall, resulting in a significant contribution to the New York Blood Center. Barry Tech’s Medical Assisting students registered more than 200 prospective donors and collected 174 units of lifesaving blood. Additional drives will be held in February and April of 2017.

“We are extremely proud of our students’ critical contribution to the blood drive,” said Barry Tech Principal Peter Dalton. “While community service is a core value here at Barry Tech, the work these students have put in is more than community outreach — it’s a demonstration of their dedication to their chosen field.”

“A Barry Tech education goes beyond the classroom experience,” said Medical Assisting Teacher Joan Lambert. “Students must apply what they have learned in the real world. By enrolling in the Medical Assisting program, these young men and women made a commitment to help save lives. They have made good on that commitment through this event.”

Barry Tech’s Medical Assisting program prepares high school students for continuing education and careers in the ever-expanding field of healthcare. Students in this course of study prepare for the national exam and work toward establishing themselves as certified medical assistants. The course is taught by teacher Joan Lambert, a Registered Nurse and Certified First Aid and CPR Trainer for The American Heart Association. Ms. Lambert has more than 20 years of experience has a healthcare teacher.