Regional Development

CV-TEC realigns career path programs


PLATTSBURGH — CV-TEC has made alignments of its health-care and mass-transportation programs.

The Health Careers Academy features a number of existing programs, as well as the introduction of a Surgical Technology Program that will start in September.

Outgoing CV-TEC Director Dr. Barry Mack said the school has vastly increased the number of health-care-related programs during his 19 years at the helm.

“When I came, we only had a LPN program, for adults only,” he said. “Now, we have a whole wing of health-tech-related programs.”


The Surgical Technology Program is in collaboration with CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

It is open to adult students only and involves 1,000 hours of classroom and clinical study over a 10-month period. 

Successful completion of the program allows the student to take the national certification exam in surgical technology.


CV-TEC has expanded its Medical Office Assisting Program from a one-year to a two-year course. Students are able to receive certification as a medical administrative assistant after one year and as an electronic health record specialist after two years.

Other health-care programs at CV-TEC for adults include practical nursing, certified nursing assistant, home-health aide, electrocardiography technician and phlebotomy technician.

High-school juniors and seniors can take the Allied Health Program, while seniors can enroll in the New Visions Medical Program.


CV-TEC also plans to move its Heavy Equipment Program from the main campus to the satellite location at the former Clinton County Airport.

It will now be part of the school’s Heavy Equipment and Mass Transit Tech Program, which also includes Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute and courses for welding, commercial driver’s license and small engines and marine tech.

Mack said the program is intended to support companies such as Bombardier, Nova Bus and others.

Satellite Campus Principal James McCarthy welcomed the move.

“It is part of CV-TEC’s mission to serve the needs of area employers,” he said in a press release. “Presently, CV-TEC is a partner with Clinton Community College in preparing prospective students for employment in our region’s manufacturing sector through the AIME (Assembling Industry: Manufacturing and Education) Program. 

“This project, in combination with the clustering of our mass-transportation programs, will serve our region’s employers well into the 21st century.”

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