Kim Galusha says she always felt drawn to healthcare and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in that field, but didn’t exactly know where to begin. At just 17 years old, she decided to enroll in the New Visions Health program at HFM BOCES. Her decision to do so helped set the foundation for her future and provided the necessary exposure and resources to help guide her following graduation.
A 2016 graduate of Fonda-Fultonville Central School, Galusha credits the New Visions Health program for opening her eyes to a variety of opportunities within the healthcare field. “Everyone took the time and had patience to really show us the ins and outs and to give the students an inside look at all of the varying occupations the medical field has to offer,” she said. The program also allowed her to experience them firsthand, too. “What other 17 year olds can say they have scrubbed in on knee replacements or C-sections?”
After high school, Galusha attended Russell Sage College and earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology. She now works full-time for the Office of Enrollment at Russell Sage as the Enrollment Management Specialist and part-time at Hannaford as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Furthermore, she is also pursuing her master’s degree in Health Care Administration at Russell Sage.
Galusha said that she will forever be grateful for the support of her instructor Erika Bucenec and the entire medical staff at Nathan Littauer Hospital while participating in the New Visions program. “I would not be who I am or where I am today without the experiences I gained from my time in the program.”
When asked what advice she can offer to prospective New Visions students, Galusha said “DO IT!” She said that when reminiscing about her time at HFM BOCES she remembers being hesitant and fearful to apply, and she also felt that she would miss out on her senior year by being away from Fonda-Fultonville High School often, but Galusha says she could not have been more wrong.
“I was not only able to meet incredible people from neighboring schools, but I also gained immense knowledge about the medical field while attending the Career and Technical Center,” Galusha said.