William Floyd High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) students performed well on the rigorous National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) certification exams (written and clinical performance) with a nearly 80 percent passing rate for all academies, which includes two academies with 100 percent passing rates – Medical Assisting and Culinary Arts. In total, 91 out of 116 students in all academies – automotive technology, business, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts and medical assisting – passed the rigorous examinations and earned a Career and Technical Education Cord to wear at graduation.
“Passing the rigorous NOCTI examination earns students the ability to gain employment to an entry-level position in their field of study or earn college credit equivalency,” said Karen Poidomani, CTE Chairperson and business teacher, William Floyd High School. “These students have an advantage going into their careers or courses of study.”
As a result of passing the NOCTI exam, Medical Assisting students are now eligible for employment as certified medical assistants (CMAs) in New York State under the direction of a physician in any health care facility such as a hospital, doctor’s office, specialty clinics and more. Additionally nearly 75 percent of medical assisting students (20 of 27) passed the National MedCA (Medical Career Assessments) certification exam, which qualifies them for employment as a CMA anywhere in the United States. Jason McKay, one of the Medical Assisting teachers along with Rhonda DeTrano, LPN, noted that many of their students have already secured interviews or employment.
At William Floyd, students have a plethora of opportunities in the CTE fields of automotive technology, business, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts and medical assisting; beginning next year William Floyd will offer an additional section of medical assisting as well as two new programs – barbering and small engine repair.