Suzanne Osterhoudt of Preble inducted to CTE Alumni Hall of Fame
This June, OCM BOCES proudly recognized its two 2016 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Alumni Hall of Fame inductees at individual ceremonies for its Syracuse and Cortland-area CTE students.
The 2016 inductees, Kenneth Ciccarelli (click here to read Kenneth's bio) of North Syracuse and Suzanne Osterhoudt of Preble were selected for their demonstrated leadership and success in their chosen fields. To be considered for the OCM BOCES CTE Alumni Hall of Fame, individuals must be a graduate of an OCM BOCES CTE program, must be currently engaged in a career related to their BOCES program of completion and must demonstrate leadership in their field and civic responsibility.
Suzanne Osterhoudt: Following her 1988 graduation from OCM BOCES, where she received the Rose Lawn Award recognizing outstanding citizenship, Suzanne went on to Tompkins-Cortland Community College where she earned her associate's degree and became a registered nurse. Suzanne then pursued a bachelor’s degree in nursing at SUNY Utica-Rome (now known as SUNY Polytechnic Institute).
In her career, Suzanne has been a nurse and an educator to many members of the Cortland County community. For the past 15 years, Suzanne has worked for the Cortland County Health Department. Her responsibilities include a variety of public health programs including communicable diseases investigation and prevention, lead-poison prevention, immunizations, and being a coordinator for Narcan kits.
Not only does Suzanne exemplify the characteristics of demonstrated leadership in her chosen field, she also serves the local community. Suzanne and her family are active members of the Cortland County community. At St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Homer, Suzanne has taught religious education classes. As part of the nurses’ union, she helped give a Christmas party for a Cortland County adult daycare where they also provided gifts to the elderly. Through her twin daughters’ basketball league, she has taught in a basketball clinic for children with disabilities. The family also likes to volunteer for Little York Park’s trail clean-up day.
In reflecting on her time as a Career and Technical Education student at OCM BOCES, Suzanne remembers her time fondly serving as the secretary in the H.O.S.A. organization (Health Occupational Students of America), where she helped plan for competitions in Albany, NY. Suzanne also believes her experience at BOCES is where she first learned the critical importance of providing a high standard of care for people. It was the foundation for Suzanne to move forward in her career as a nurse.
Congratulations on all your accomplishments Suzanne!