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CDOS program continues to benefit RCS community

The motto of the RCS district’s Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) program is “Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Workers.” That couldn’t be any more specific than how it relates to our next CDOS student. RCS senior Zoie Libertucci is currently enrolled in the program and is having an immediate impact as a volunteer with the Ravena Rescue Squad.

RCS student posing in Ravena Rescue Squad vehicle.
RCS senior Zoie Libertucci enjoying her role in working with the Ravena Rescue squad.

Each week, she spends two to three hours, every Tuesday and Thursday, assisting the EMT’s and Field Training Officer’s with day-to-day duties and responding to emergencies.  However, this isn’t just a student completing hours towards a diploma. This is the beginning of a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

According to their website, the Ravena Rescue Squad covers a 70 square mile coverage area and answers over 1,000 calls per year. They also provide Mutual Aid for surrounding EMS areas when requests are needed. The Ravena Rescue Squad works in cooperation with the EMS First Response agencies of Coeymans Hollow Volunteer Fire Department and the New Baltimore Fire Department as well as the Albany County Sheriff’s Department EMS Unit and Greene County EMS for Paramedic Level Care.

RCS senior Zoie Libertucci posing with a colleague at the Ravena Rescue Squad.
RCS senior Zoie Libertucci posing with EMT and Field Training Officer Kevin Pierce at the Ravena Rescue Squad.

As part of her participation, Ms. Libertucci assists members with gear preparation, receives critical technical training and gains an understanding of the important duties that EMT’s undertake to do their job. She’s required to complete 54 hours (internship) and two credit hours in FACS courses (Family and Consumer Science, Technology and Business) as part of the CDOS program. As of now, she has far exceeded those required hours.

As far as she is concerned, it’s worth the effort. “This is such an amazing program and I wish the school would promote it more. It is beyond helpful to me and it would be beneficial for so many other students,” she said. “We have worked on resumes, job and career searches, college searches, interviewing skills, budgeting and applications. Mrs. Martin has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life and how to get there. By going to the Rescue Squad, I have learned the basics of how to be an EMT. I want to thank Mrs. Martin for all of her help and the work that she does for her students.”

In the meantime, Ms. Libertucci will continue her training with the Ravena Rescue squad and will be attending Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in the fall. She will enroll in the school’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program.

“The Ravena Rescue Squad is truly thankful that the RCS district has provided Zoie this opportunity to experience the Emergency Medical Services profession with us,” said Assistant Chief Travis Witbeck of the Ravena Rescue Squad. “We are even happier that, because of her experience at the Ravena Rescue Squad, she is now looking to pursue her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. As a community-based organization, it’s refreshing to see young individuals, such as Zoie, find ways to not just grow as a person, but to be able to give back to their communities.”