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ALBANY COUNTY: Students sample working world

It's 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13.

While their fellow students mull over the daily course load of their classes at area high schools, four high school seniors are putting their semen density gradient washing techniques to the test.

They are preparing a mock sample for in vitro fertilization at Albany IVF Fertility and Gynecology on Northern Boulevard.

The students are enrolled in the New Visions health careers program through the Capital Region Career and Technical School. The course is a one-year vocational-technical program that offers college-bound seniors the opportunity to shadow professionals in a multitude of fields. Students can get a taste of various professions, from law and government to journalism.

The New Visions program is based at Ellis Hospital.

It's tough, and the workload is more to the tune of college course work. But the students are confident that by the time they graduate this summer, they will be on the track to a job they love, not to mention having some college credits to boot.

I've always been interested in life science. I'm still looking (at various fields), but I know I think becoming a physician's assistant seems good. You can go into any field (of medicine) that you're interested in, said Wade Lupe, 17, a senior at Niskayuna High School.

Many students in high school don't take courses that matter to them, Lupe said. Rather they take what they are told they need to fulfill their course load. Participating in New Visions gives the students an opportunity to try the fields out, both hands-on and through intensive research.

Lupe, Kelly Dunnigan, 17, a senior at South Colonie and two seniors from Duanesburg, spend time in circulation at Ellis Hospital. They shadow doctors, talk about issues in the medical field and discuss new medical techniques as well as the basics.

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