Navy Week has come to Onondaga Community College! Rear Admiral Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle brought the program to campus Wednesday, June 8. McCormick-Boyle is Commander of the Navy’s Medicine Education and Training Command. Navy Week is an outreach program which brings a week-long series of events to regions which do not have a significant Navy presence.
During McCormick-Boyle’s visit to campus she discussed the role of the Navy in the field of medicine, nursing and humanitarian assistance. She explained how the Navy could help students or graduates interested in medicine enhance their education and further their leadership skills while traveling the world.
A special roundtable discussion included OCC professors, a student-veteran in the OCC nursing program, officials from St. Joseph’s, Crouse and Upstate Medical University hospitals and their nursing programs, Clear Path for Veterans, Le Moyne College and the NYS Department of Labor. Following the presentation and dialogue, Dr. Crabill and faculty from OCC’s Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Surgical Technology majors led McCormick-Boyle on a tour of the learning facilities in Ferrante Hall. The tour included an overview of each program, conversations with current students and insight into additional opportunities that included work in the neighboring communities as well as international outreach efforts. You can learn more about OCC’s health-related majors here.
McCormick-Boyle grew up in western New York and is a SUNY alumna. She earned a degree from the University of Buffalo’s School of Nursing. Her visit was arranged and coordinated by OCC Adjunct Professor and Retired Navy Commander Dr. John Trombetta, Larry Coffey, Public Affairs Officer for Navy Medicine Education and Training Command and Executive Assistant to McCormick-Boyle and Sue Tormey, Advancement Communications for OCC.