Occupational Therapy Students Participate in Backpack Awareness Program

Thursday, September 26, 2019
OTA female students in a row

As part of an American Occupational Therapy Association program, Raritan Valley Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students participated in Backpack Awareness Day at the Lamonte School, the Bound Brook School District preschool, on September 18.

The OTA students observed how the children put on and took off their backpacks, then weighed and measured each bag to determine whether it was an appropriate weight and size for the child. The RVCC students also educated the preschool staff about the importance of a proper fitting backpack.

In January 2018 RVCC became the first community college in New Jersey to offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for an in-demand career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. The OTA program is designed for students interested in entering the workforce immediately after graduation. It combines classroom instruction with clinical training in a community setting. The program is designed to be completed in two-and-a-half years, with four semesters of full-time coursework and one semester of full-time clinical fieldwork.

RVCC’s OTA program is currently accepting applications for the third cohort starting in the Spring 2020 Semester in January. For information about the program, contact Beau Younker, OTA Program Director, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8416 or beau.younker@raritanval.edu, or Kimberly Meany, OTA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, at kimberly.meany@raritanval.edu or 908-526-1200, ext. 8439. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/ota.

Ranked by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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September 26, 2019

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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