The faculty members at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center have selected Nicholas Allen, a senior from Maryvale High School, as their featured student of the month for March. Nicholas is currently enrolled in the Connections Health Careers program based at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital under the instruction of Christine Tillman.
Nicholas was selected by the staff and administration from the BOCES career center because he routinely contributes to class discussions and activities with relevance, insight and professionalism. He consistently takes advantage of the educational opportunities available to him through his internships.
"It is evident he truly enjoys attending class and spending time at the VA," said Tillman.
Nicholas entered the program with an interest in some aspect of the healthcare field. He has decided to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. majoring in Neuroscience.
"Eventually, I would like to explore the field of behavioral neuroscience and conduct field research," said Nicholas.
The Erie 1 BOCES New Visions program links highly qualified high school seniors with mentoring professionals in the workplace and college/university institutions. These competitive, offsite programs integrate English and social studies credits that are needed for graduation, at locations such as Medaille College, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital.
As part of the public education model, Erie 1 BOCES offers more than 25 career and technical programs to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as the Connections Health Careers, Computer Networking and Early Childhood Education during their normal school day should visit http://www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.