Onondaga Community College Community Engagement

Onondaga Community College Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Onondaga Community College

Nursing Students Service Learning in Guatemala

Nursing students learned the power of assisting others as they educated Guatemalans about health topics such as oral hygiene for children, lice prevention and eradication, reproductive health, prevention and treatment of malnutrition and respiratory diseases.

Falls Prevention, Step Up to Stop Falls

The Step Up to Stop Falls program helps senior citizens increase their strength, power, and flexibility by using the muscles most needed to prevent falls. Among older Americans, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. The 12-week program is offered at the Southwest YMCA on the Onondaga campus. Miller, a graduate of West Genesee High School, is studying to become a physical therapist assistant. “It’s amazing teaching the class,” she said. “I get to apply the skills I have learned while working to impact our local community.” The evidence that this type of program is a crucial component of fall reduction is very promising. One study reviewed by the CDC concluded that, participants in an exercise program were two-thirds less likely to fall as compared to those who did not receive an exercise intervention.

Campus contact:
Roger Mirabito, Communications Coordinator
315 498-2054  

Onondaga Community College

4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
(315) 498-2622